Atlanta running back Devonta Freeman will miss his
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second straight game with a knee injury Stitched Takkarist McKinley Jersey , and the Falcons also will be without starting defensive end Takk McKinley when they host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.Coach Dan Quinn declared both players out Friday, extending a rash of injuries that have plagued the Falcons (1-1) already this season.Freeman went down with a bruised knee in a Week 1 loss to Philadelphia, while McKinley sustained a groin injury that kept him off the field in the closing stages of last weekend’s 31-24 victory over Carolina.Tevin Coleman took over as the primary running back against the Panthers, rushing for 107 yards, and rookie Ito Smith also was effective. The loss of McKinley means Brooks Reed will likely move into a starting role vs. the Saints.The Falcons also will be missing backup end Derrick Shelby Baby Takkarist McKinley Jersey , ruled out with a groin injury, and reserve linebacker Corey Nelson (calf).Atlanta already has lost safety Keanu Neal and offensive guard Andy Levitre to season-ending injuries. Linebacker Deion Jones (foot) will have to miss at least eight games after going on injured reserve.___ Lawrence could be an option for the team in this year’s draft."The Atlanta Falcons are beginning to get invested in draft visits and meetings, and another name has surfaced. Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence has a second meeting with the team scheduled, after bumping elbows with the Birds at the combine. He also spoke to his interest in playing with a former Clemson defensive tackle in Falcons standout Grady Jarrett. Lawrence was a member of that ferocious Clemson defensive front that has three of its players heading into the NFL draft as top-flight prospects (Clellin Ferrell, Christian Wilkins being the other two Kendall Sheffield Atlanta Falcons Jersey , and DE Austin Bryant is expected to go in the mid-rounds). ESPN’s Todd McShay mocked him to Atlanta in December and described as a run-stuffer and an ailing force for Atlanta’s moribund run defense. The team does need some beef up front, and Lawrence certainly seems like he’d be adept in that arena. He was one of the Clemson players who got suspended for a failed drug test before the big playoff games in January, so that might knock him a bit through the Falcons filter. It’s not an eliminating factor, though it’ll certainly be one the team considers, as it always does. Interestingly Kendall Sheffield Jersey 2019 , though, the team’s not scheduled something with Lawrence’s teammate, Wilkins, just as of yet. That could always change. It’s good to see them doing their homework on defensive tackles, and this could very well be the pick as late April grows closer. We’ve got a good bit of time for the team to decide between a defensive end Kendall Sheffield Atlanta Falcons Jersey , defensive tackle, and offensive lineman, as we expect they ultimately will.