Falcons' Devonta Freeman in concussion protocol, ruled out Sunday

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Devonta Freeman could be missing in action until the end of the month.

The Falcons running back was kept out of practice and placed in the NFL’s concussion protocol Monday due to symptoms lingering from Sunday's workout, coach Dan Quinn announced.

“After taking him inside yesterday where we thought he had heat related (issues), he reported that he had some concussion symptoms,” Quinn said Monday, via the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “So we put him in the protocol for that. He’ll be out this week. He may start practicing as we, but we are going to rule him out now.”

Freeman began practice with the team Sunday but left after about an hour and 20 minutes accompanied by a member of the training staff.

The team has ruled Freeman out for its second preseason game Sunday against the Steelers as a precaution, though it remains unclear if he will miss the remainder of the exhibition games as well.

"We were definitely disappointed that it happened," Quinn said. "But as far as heading into the future, that's out of my hands in terms of the (doctors). Let them handle that. Let's just see how it goes. It's too early to make that — I'll rule him out for this week for sure but past that? He's not gonna get a ton of reps this preseason. Nor is Matt (Ryan) or Julio (Jones). We've got real competition at running back and I am trying to find out quite a bit about a number of guys so we'll take it from there."

The Falcons last week made Freeman the league's highest-paid rusher with a five-year extension worth $41.25 million. He's missed just one game in three seasons with Atlanta and is an accomplished pass-catcher with 157 receptions in his career.

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