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Dan Quinn: ‘Felt good’ after seeing Alex Mack go through practice

HOUSTON — Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he feels better about center Alex Mack’s status for Sunday’s Super Bowl LI matchup against New England, despite Mack being limited in practice this week as a result of a left fibula injury.

“I felt good after watching Alex last night, because I felt good about what he was able to do on the things we’re going to ask him to do in the game,” Quinn told Super Bowl pool reporter Peter King on Friday.

“It’s going to hurt, but a lot of guys are playing through stuff. The important thing is Alex’s mind is clear. He needed to test [his leg] and have guys go on him full speed, and he was able to do that Wednesday and Thursday.”

Mack was not given a “questionable” designation on the team’s final injury report, meaning he is cleared to play. Wide receiver Julio Jones (toe) and defensive end Dwight Freeney (calf) also are good to go despite being either held out or limited in practice this week.

If Mack suffers any type of setback, the Falcons have Ben Garland prepared to step in at center.

Mack suffered the injury in the NFC Championship Game against Green Bay. He missed one play immediately, then sat out the entire last series. A four-time Pro Bowler, he did not miss a game during the regular season.

According to the pool report, the Falcons will drive to NRG Stadium to walk around the field and the locker room Saturday, then return to Rice University for a final walk-through practice.

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn said top running back Devonta Freeman(Devonta Freeman Jersey), who suffered a concussion in last week’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts, won’t play against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

Freeman did not practice all week while going through the concussion protocol. His absence means the Falcons will be without the player tied for the league lead in touchdowns (11) and sixth in the league in rushing (764 yards). His ability to catch the ball out of the backfield also is an element the team will miss.

The Falcons now turn to rookie Tevin Coleman, who began the season as the starter after Freeman slowly recovered from a training camp hamstring injury. Coleman, a third-round draft pick from Indiana, has shown flashes with 59 carries for 231 yards and a touchdown. However, he also has had two key fumbles in the past five games.

Coleman attributed last week’s fumble to carrying the ball with the wrong hand. He said his confidence is not shaken as a result of the turnovers.

“My confidence has always been there, but there’s just a few things I have to work that are more into the detail part,” he said. “It’s just being detailed with my work and what I do.

“Yes, [fumbles] can get to you, but it happens to all of us. You want to lock it up, but if it happens, it happens. You just have to get through it and get your mind off it and keep on playing.”

Quinn also ruled out kicker Matt Bryant with a quad strain and wide receiver Leonard Hankerson with a hamstring injury. Bryant will be replaced by newly signed Shayne Graham, who was not with the team Friday while attending his father’s funeral. Graham made 19 of 22 field goals with the New Orleans Saints last season, including a long of 50 yards.

Without Hankerson, the Falcons might utilize rookie Justin Hardy more in the passing game alongside Julio Jones and Roddy White.

The Falcons, now 6-4, are looking to end a three-game losing streak, including two straight at home. Quarterback Matt Ryan has never lost three straight games inside the Georgia Dome.