Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn indicated yesterday afternoon that rookie running back Tevin Coleman is expected to play in Saturday’s preseason game against the Miami Dolphins. Coleman has missed the Falcons’ previous preseason action as he recovered from a hamstring strain suffered earlier this month. Fellow running back Devonta Freeman, who is also reeling from a strained hamstring, has yet to have his status officially determined and might become another game-time decision as he was a week ago. Per Quinn, Coleman’s return from injury has proceeded ahead of Freeman.
Quinn also indicated that linebacker Derek Akunne (foot), guard Peter Konz (knee), safety William Moore (shoulder), running back Antone Smith (hamstring), cornerback Desmond Trufant (shoulder) and wide receiver Roddy White (elbow) would not play in the game.
Akunne, Konz, Moore, Smith and White did not practice this week. Trufant has yet to play this preseason and did return to practice earlier this week, but the Falcons won’t rush him back against the Dolphins. Quinn indicated earlier that newly signed quarterback Rex Grossman is also set to sit this week also.
Defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman (concussion) was cleared by team doctors to play against the Dolphins as well.