Falcons RB Freeman cleared to return after missing 3 games

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Running back Devonta Freeman has been cleared to play after missing three games with a sore right knee, giving the Atlanta Falcons an important boost as they prepare to visit the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Coach Dan Quinn confirmed Wednesday that Freeman, the team's leading rusher each of the last three years, has full clearance to practice.

Atlanta's defense, meanwhile, will be without four starters against the Steelers. Quinn says defensive tackle Grady Jarrett will be held out with an ankle sprain suffered late in last week's 37-36 loss to Cincinnati.

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.


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