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Falcons place Devonta Freeman on IR, 'hopeful' he can return later this season


FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons announced Tuesday that running back Devonta Freeman will be placed on injured reserve after sustaining foot and groin injuries against the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

"Following the game against Pittsburgh, where Devonta injured his foot, we thought he was just having general soreness in his groin area," said Falcons coach Dan Quinn. "As the week went on it continued so we decided to have him get some tests. It has been determined that he will need a procedure that will result in us placing him on injured reserve. We are hopeful he will be able to return this season, but we will have a better feel for that in the coming weeks."

In his two games played this season, Freeman carried the ball 14 times for 68 yards and caught five passes for 23 yards.

During his five-year career with the Falcons, Freeman has gained 3,316 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns on 767 carries. He has also caught 198 passes for 1,605 yards and seven touchdowns.

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