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FLOWERY BRANCH Drew Lock Jersey , Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons expect to have running back Devonta Freeman return for Sunday’s game at the Pittsburgh Steelers after missing three games with a sore right knee.Coach Dan Quinn said Freeman, the team’s leading rusher each of the last three years, would have full clearance “without any setbacks.”There was no report of a setback, but Freeman was listed as limited on the team’s practice report, just as he was late last week.Freeman was upbeat before the practice.“I feel really good,” Freeman said. “Coming back and doing something I really love to do is always a good time. I’m just excited to be back.”Freeman said he’s confident he is “comfortable enough to be back out there.”“I feel explosive and ready to run,” he said.Atlanta’s defense, meanwhile, has lost a fourth starter for at least one week. Quinn confirmed defensive tackle Grady Jarrett will be held out with an ankle sprain and knee injury he suffered late in last week’s 37-36 loss to Cincinnati .Quinn said Jack Crawford will start for Jarrett. Terrell McClain and rookie Deadrin Senat will have bigger roles.Defensive tackle Michael Bennett, who was signed on Tuesday after being cut by Jacksonville on Sept. 11, said he is “studying like crazy” to be ready for a backup role.“I plan to play, and they plan to play me,” Bennett said.The Falcons’ defense already has lost starting safeties Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen to season-ending injuries and linebacker Deion Jones for at least eight weeks. Offensive guard Andy Levitre also is on IR.The Falcons (1-3) have lost two straight games, so the return of Freeman was embraced as rare positive news.“Free is chomping at the bit to get back and get going http://www.broncoscheapauthenticstore.co...rsey-cheap ,” Quinn said, adding he hopes a full week of practice will enable Freeman to “feel like he can explode and do the things that he does in both the run game and pass game.“Man, we’re pumped to have him back out there.”This is the second straight season Freeman has missed time with injuries. He missed two games in 2017 with a concussion, his second of the year, and was slowed by a right knee injury late in the season.After running for more than 1,000 yards in 2015 and 2016, Freeman finished with 865 yards rushing and seven touchdowns, along with 36 receptions, last season.Tevin Coleman and rookie Ito Smith combined to run for 86 yards against the Bengals. Quinn was not satisfied with the production of the ground game.“We definitely left some things out there in the run game, we felt, this past week,” Quinn said. “We challenged the offense. We think there’s a spot we can go to and we can be significantly better and the run game is one of those spots.”Atlanta running game also sputtered in a 43-37 overtime loss to New Orleans on Sept. 23. Coleman averaged only 2.2 yards per carry while being held to 33 yards.Freeman wouldn’t say he alone could jumpstart the running game.“I’m just coming in to do my part,” he said. “I just think we need to win. It’s not about individual stats or any of that.”NOTES: WR Julio Jones (hand, ankle) http://www.eaglescheapauthenticstore.com...rsey-cheap , CB Justin Bethal (knee) and Jarrett were held out. Other players listed as limited: DE Vic Beasley Jr. (ankle), Coleman (shin), WR Mohamed Sanu (hip), DE Derrick Shelby (groin) and LB Foye Oluokun (ankle). Jones has missed practices each of the last two weeks before being removed from the injury report before games. What does it take to be a Super Bowl caliber team?Talented players, masterful coaching and luck�? especially when it comes to injuries.Heading into Sunday’s NFC Championship against the New Orleans Saints, the Los Angeles Rams are carrying a completely healthy roster into the Bayou.Through Friday’s practice, the Rams did not include a single player on the team’s injury report at any point during the week. In fact, aside from wide receiver Cooper Kupp, who tore his ACL in Week 10, and linebacker Dominique Easley, who had surgery on his meniscus after Week 3, the Rams starting 22 looks identical to the September 10 season opener.“Now that we’re all gelling together, firing on all five cylinders, it’s great that we’ve been together this whole time Zach Brown Jersey ,” guard Rodger Saffold said about the ability to play with the same four teammates alongside him week in and week out. “It makes it easier to play in the noise when you know what your guy does and how your guy thinks.”“If the Rams win this game this weekend, remember the three things they have done to alter this league,�? Colin Cowherd advised on <em>The Herd</em> Friday. “They went big into free agency, gave veterans more time off and they refused to play any starters in the preseason. Their injury report�? there’s no one listed. That’s unheard of in the NFL.”While free agent signings from the offseason are poised to make considerable contributions in Sunday’s Gumbo Date, it’s the clean bill of health that could make the biggest impact.Whereas the Rams are scathing through unblemished, the Saints experienced a massive blow Friday.Veteran tight end Benjamin Watson is no longer expected to play after missing several practices with appendicitis.Watson has been New Orleans�? number one tight end this season with his biggest game of the year coming in the first matchup against the Rams. In that early November battle, Watson pulled in three catches for 62 yards and a touchdown.In addition to the loss of Watson, as of Friday the Saints had four other offensive players listed on their injury report, including three starting linemen.So what’s the Rams’ secret?Could it be�? as Cowherd suggested�? that it results from the Rams being the only team in the league to not play a single starter for even one snap in the preseason? Perhaps, but the injuries they suffered throughout the season would point otherwise. Aside from the season-ending loses of Kupp and Easley, the Rams also had their top corner Aqib Talib sidelined for multiple weeks�? including the Week 9 game against the Saints�? with an ankle injury. Running back Todd Gurley was also held out of the last two games of the regular season with a knee injury, essentially acting as a blessing in disguise as it gave him time to rest and forced the team into signing C.J. Anderson who has evolved into one of the biggest late-season acquisitions in recent years.Could it be that Reggie Scott, the Rams Senior Director of Sports Medicine and Performance, and his staff have truly mastered the art of regulating player activity to the point lingering injuries aren’t allowed to develop and immediate ones are frightened away? Well Devin Bush Jersey , this is more possible than the first explanation.“For us to be this healthy this late in the season is something we don’t take for granted,” head coach Sean McVay said Friday. “There are some unfortunate instances that occur where you lose some really valuable players, but in terms of the soft tissue injuries, the things that come up from a preventative standpoint, our guys have done a phenomenal job.”Scott, who received his M.A. from California University at Pennsylvania, has been with the team since 2011 and has 15 years of NFL experience. So, it’s certainly possible his staff has found the secret sauce, but still seems not totally plausible.So if it’s not the talented players who had four extra weeks of rest than their counterparts back in August, or a masterful training staff headed by a man with 15 years experience, maybe, just maybe, the Rams are the team marching into New Orleans with all the luck.
 
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