Off the Record (OTR)

Freeman played with knee injury

The Atlanta Falcons got bumped from the NFL playoffs on Saturday night, falling to the mighty Philadelphia Eagles 15-10. They had plenty of chances to win, but struggled to find balance on offense.

While they did have a few decent runs, for the most part Devonta Freeman just couldn’t get untracked, getting tackled several times for losses.

He didn’t seem as explosive as he usually does, and maybe now we know why. Beat writer Vaughn McClure writes that Freeman has been battling knee injuries over the latter part of the season.

“Falcons RB Devonta Freeman played the end of the season with MCL and PCL sprains in his right knee. “I hope I don’t have to,” Freeman said of the possibility of having offseason surgery. Freeman emphasized that the injuries had nothing to do with his play and that he’s not using it as an excuse. Freeman finished with 7 rushing yards on 10 carries against the Eagles and had a 6-yard touchdown reception from Matt Ryan,” McClure tweeted.

He didn’t seem like himself, but the Eagles also have one of the best run-stopping units in the entire NFL. So, the combination of the two probably didn’t help.

Regardless of whether or not he needs surgery, he’ll probably be full go for OTAs.

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