FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – After ending the season on injured reserve, Atlanta Falcons’ safeties Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen are well on their way to a full recovery. Coach Dan Quinn provided the latest injury update on Neal, Allen and running back Devonta Freemanfollowing the conclusion of rookie minicamp on Saturday.
“Keke and Rico are both really pushing it from a rehab competitive side,” Quinn said. “They’re really determined [and] detailed and they’re off to excellent starts with their process.”
Neal tore his ACL in Atlanta’s season-opening loss to the Eagles. Allen’s injury came just a few weeks later when he tore his Achilles in an overtime loss to the Saints. The Falcons’ were without both their starting safeties for the remainder of the 2018 season.
Quinn said if Allen and Neal continue on the trajectory they are currently on and hit their markers it’s “more than realistic” to believe they’ll both be fully ready to go by the start of training camp.
Freeman, who only played in two games before being placed on injured reserve with a groin injury in early October, is on pace to for a healthy return. According to Quinn, Freeman has had no setbacks and is fully participating in the offseason workout program.
Freeman has missed 16 games over the last two seasons due to various injuries. When healthy, however, he’s capable of producing 1,500-plus yards of total offense. Atlanta averaged 98.3 rushing yards per game in 2018, which was 27th in the league.
“We can’t wait to get Free back, he’s having such an awesome offseason,” Quinn said. “His energy, his juice, him being around the team you feel what he brings. It’s been awesome having him a part of the offseason program here again."