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Devonta Freeman Should Be Good To Go This Week Monday, November 30, 2015 | Time: 12:35 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Freeman, who missed the game as a result of a concussion, worked out before today's game against the Vikings and is on track to return to practice Wednesday.
Diehards Line: The expectation is for Freeman to be back in the lineup when the Falcons travel to Tampa Bay next Sunday. Entering Sunday, he was tied for the league lead with 11 touchdowns. The Falcons need his versatility -- not to mention his ability to hold onto the ball. Tevin Coleman, who started in Freeman's absence, had his third fumble on 63 carries.
Initial Reports: Rob Gronkowski's Knee Injury Not Believed To Be Serious Sunday, November 29, 2015 | Time: 11:22 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Following up on the previous item. ... Per source, the initial word on Gronkowski's knee injury is that it's not believed to be serious.
Diehards Line:This report by is similar to what ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport are reporting as well. All the reports make it clear more testing will be done on Monday, however, it appears the injury isn't as bad as it first appeared. ... Stay tuned. We'll obviously be following this one closely.
Blank, Quinn Give Matt Ryan A Vote Of Confidence Sunday, November 29, 2015 | Time: 11:17 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Arthur Blank believes in Matt Ryan. The Atlanta Falcons owner made that very clear, even after watching his $100 million quarterback make a couple more bad mistakes in a 20-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. It was the Falcons' fourth consecutive defeat. Blank was asked if he has confidence in Ryan. "Absolutely,' Blank said. "He's demonstrated his abilities over eight years. He'll be fine. He'll be good.'
Diehards Line: Ryan threw two interceptions, including one in the end zone midway through the third quarter that changed the momentum. He has 10 interceptions and three lost fumbles over the last seven games. HC Dan Quinn once again expressed his support for Ryan. Quinn said he is not thinking about benching any players at this point. The Falcons truly don't have an option behind Ryan with inexperienced Sean Renfree the only other quarterback on the active roster. Renfree's only playing time was mop-up duty in a 48-21 blowout of the Houston Texans in Week 4.
Rob Gronkowski Carted Off With Lower Leg Injury Sunday, November 29, 2015 | Time: 10:35 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Gronkowski left tonight's game against the Broncos in the fourth quarter with a lower leg injury. He has been officially ruled out.
Diehards Line: Gronkowski was clearly in great pain as he went down following an incomplete pass. Medical staff quickly came onto the field to check on him. Gronk was subsequently placed on a cart and taken to the locker room where he was taken for X-rays. NBC's Michelle Tafoya noted that Gronk could barely put any weight on the injured leg when he reached the X-ray room. ... Stay tuned. We'll be following up.
Carroll: Jimmy Graham Will Need Surgery On Patellar Tendon Injury Sunday, November 29, 2015 | Time: 7:27 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Graham injured his patellar tendon in Seattle's win over the Steelers and did not return to Seattle's thrilling 39-30 win. The injury will require surgery, coach Pete Carroll told reporters.
Diehards Line: Graham was carted off in the fourth quarter with an air cast on his right leg after coming down awkwardly on a jump ball in the end zone. It's been a rough first season in Seattle for Graham; the tight end averaged just over four catches per game and has totaled two touchdowns in 10 games. Graham was having possibly his best outing of the season against Pittsburgh, which included a momentum-swinging 36-yard grab in the third quarter just two drives before his injury. Graham left with four catches for 75 yards. And now his season is over.
Ben Roethlisberger Being Evaluated For Concussion Sunday, November 29, 2015 | Time: 6:52 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Roethlisberger is going through the NFL's concussion protocol. He is headed to the locker room for evaluation.
Diehards Line: Roethlisberger left late in the fourth quarter -- with less than two minutes remaining. ... We'll obviously be following up in coming days.
Jimmy Graham Carted Off With Knee Injury Sunday, November 29, 2015 | Time: 6:05 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Graham was taken on the field on a cart with an air cast on his right leg in the fourth quarter of today's game against the Steelers.
Diehards Line:Graham landed awkwardly on his right leg while unsuccessfully trying to snare a Russell Wilson pass in the end zone. Graham immediately grabbed his right knee and was in obvious pain. ... We'll follow up as further details come to light.
Tyler Eifert Says He'll Be Fine For Week 13; Hill Too Sunday, November 29, 2015 | Time: 5:39 PT |  Reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer
The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... Jeremy Hill (ankle) and Eifert (stinger) both said after today's game aginst the Rames that they are okay.
Diehards Line: We'll get a better idea in coming days just how okay they are. Eifert's stinger seems like something easily overcome, but we'll obviously be following up as Week 13 draws nearer.
Allen Hurns Released From Hospital With Concussion Diagnosis Sunday, November 29, 2015 | Time: 5:27 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... Hurns was released from a local hospital late Sunday afternoon, about two hours after he smacked his head on the turf while trying to make a catch.
Diehards Line: Hurns was taken off the field via stretcher in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game vs. the Chargers and taken to a local hospital. The team first announced that Hurns suffered a concussion and was taken to the hospital for further evaluation, then later announced that he had been released. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the concussion diagnosis has been confirmed. We'll be following up on Hurns' status as he works his way through the concussion protocol in coming days.
Andre Ellington Missing Time With Foot Injury Sunday, November 29, 2015 | Time: 5:25 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Ellington left today's game against the Steelers in the fourth quarter with an injured foot.
Diehards Line: Ellington was taken to the locker room for further evaluation; his return is questionable. With Chris Johnson (knee) also missing time, rookie David Johnson will be busy in the final stanza. ... We'll follow up on Ellington as needed.