The Falcons will not say how long running back Tevin Coleman will be out, but most players that have had a fractured rib in the past have been out two to four weeks.
Head coach Dan Quinn said Monday it will be Coleman's threshold for pain that will determine when he could return to the field.
So it sounds like the Falcons will have to rely on second-year running back Devonta Freeman to get the majority of snaps at the position until Coleman returns.
Coleman had rushed for 32 yards on nine carries Sunday before his injury. Last week against the Eagles Coleman had 80 yards on 20 carries.
The Falcons' running game was non-existent Sunday once Coleman was removed from the game. It will be very important for Freeman to accumulate some yards Sunday when Atlanta heads to Dallas to play the Cowboys.
Terron Ward, who was a non-drafted free agent from Oregon State that made the team out of training camp, will be the main backup running back and could get some playing time.
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