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Falcons DE Dwight Freeney Did Not Practice On Thursday, Not Considered Serious

Although the Atlanta Falcons announced that DE Dwight Freeney did not practice on Thursday due to a calf injury, Ian Rapoport reports that his calf issue is “not considered serious.”

It appears that Freeney will not be at risk of missing Sunday’s Super Bowl and was held out of practice as a precautionary measure.

Freeney, 36, is a former first-round pick of the Colts back in 2002. After spending 11 years in Indianapolis, Freeney signed on with the Chargers as a free agent and spent two seasons in San Diego.

The Cardinals signed him to a one-year contract in 2015 and were rewarded with a productive year from the veteran pass rusher.

He is finishing a one-year contract with the Falcons that included $2 million up front and another $2 million available in incentives.

In 2016, Freeney recorded 10 tackles and three sacks over the course of 15 games for the Falcons. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 49 edge rusher out of qualifying 109 players.