Rookie running back Tevin Coleman will start for the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1.
Coleman was a third-round pick in spring's draft. He was battling former fourth-round pick Devonta Freeman for the starting job.
Both Coleman and Freeman dealt with hamstring injuries at the start of training camp. Coleman would return for two preseason games, carrying the ball 12 times for 58 yards. Freeman did not appear in any preseason contests.
Last year, Freeman played in 16 games, recording 65 carries for 248 yards and one touchdown as a situational back for the Falcons. He added 30 catches, 225 yards and a score as a receiver.
Freeman, according to ESPN.com, still plans to play in Week 1 despite his hamstring issues.
The Falcons open the season on Sept. 14 at home against the Philadelphia Eagles.
– Rohan Nadkarni