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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.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Jimmy Butler(Jimmy Butler Jersey) welcomes the challenge of defending the hottest player in the NBA, Stephen Curry, on Friday night in Oakland.

As a matter of fact, Butler plans to ask Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg for the assignment.

“I look forward to guarding everybody in this league, especially a prime-time scorer like him,” Butler said after Wednesday’s win over the Phoenix Suns. “So I’ll ask Coach for that matchup. No disrespect to him, but I like that.”

With Derrick Rose out with a sprained left ankle and Aaron Brooks out with a left hamstring injury, the Bulls might not have much choice other than to put Butler on Curry for much of the game. Kirk Hinrich, who scored a season-high 14 points against the Suns on Wednesday, is expected to get the start at the point for Rose but is still on a minutes limit of around 20 as he recovers from a toe injury. E’Twaun Moore will be backing him up.

Together they will have to find a way to slow Curry, who is coming off another huge performance on Thursday night, totaling 40 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals in a 124-117 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Curry comes into Friday night’s game averaging a league-leading 34.2 points a game.

“He’s putting on an absolute show right now,” Hoiberg said recently. “It’s fun to watch, but it’s scary to watch when you know you’ve got him coming up soon. What he’s doing right now, he’s throwing in shots from a step over half court when he’s trying to draw a foul. It’s been unbelievable. You could make the argument he’s the best shooter of all time. He’s certainly living up to that right now.”

Hoiberg said he isn’t sure exactly how much Butler will be matched up on Curry. The bigger question for Hoiberg is, after Butler scored 32 points in 43 minutes on Wednesday night, is it fair to ask him to try to score 30 points while getting at least a few defensive rotations on Curry?

“[Butler's] going to spend some time on him, there’s no doubt about that,” Hoiberg said. “But other guys are going to have to step up to that challenge as well. Jimmy played almost 43 minutes [Wednesday] night. At the end of the game I tried to run a play for him [and] he said, ‘I can’t,’ and that was with about two minutes left. I think that’s when Hinrich hit the big shot. So yeah, he’s going to have obviously a big stretch on Steph, but so are some other guys as well.”

Still, Hoiberg is going to have to lean on Butler to do even more without Rose on the floor. It’s a challenge Hoiberg believes Butler is ready for.

“I think the biggest thing is he wants [the challenge],” Hoiberg said after Friday’s shootaround. “He wants that pressure on him. He wants to guard the other team’s best player, and he wants to be the guy making plays at the end of the game. So I think that’s a big thing, he wants that responsibility.”

Rose said he knows it’s a lot to ask of Butler to have him covering Curry while also looking to score 25-30 points.

“It’s hard,” Rose said. “But I think Jimmy is up for the challenge. The way he came in today it seemed like he was focused. It’s part of our profession, too. You got to be willing to take challenges in your own little way. And it’s not only a Jimmy thing. Guarding them is a team effort, and scoring is a team effort when you’re playing against them.”

Even with the confidence in Butler’s ability, the Bulls understand that it will be tough to slow Curry down.

“He’s been amazing, man,” Rose said. “He’s playing great basketball. If anything, he pushes, I think not only me, but the whole league to work on their game. The way he’s been working out, the way he’s focused and how consistent he’s been playing, I think he’s pushing the entire league.”

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IRVING, Texas — Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant(Dez Bryant Jersey) left the locker room Thursday during the open media access after a prolonged rant aimed at reporters.

Initially, Bryant was upset about a story written last week by ESPN’s Jean-Jacques Taylor. The two exchanged words before wide receiver Devin Street attempted to get involved. Street then claimed Taylor used a racial epithet.

Taylor, who is black, denied using the slur. Three others present in the locker room confirmed that Taylor did not use a racial epithet.

Part of the exchange was reported on Twitter by Robert Klemko of The MMQB.

After learning Klemko shared the situation on Twitter, Bryant exchanged words with Klemko, saying what he tweeted was not accurate. A public relations assistant stood between Bryant and Klemko.

“If you’re going to report something, report it right,” Bryant shouted.

Tight end Jason Witten, who was meeting with reporters a few feet away, briefly ended his interview and attempted to help calm the situation before coach Jason Garrett and Rich Dalrymple, the Cowboys’ senior vice president of public relations/communications, entered the locker room.

Bryant called the media “dirty” nine times as he spoke to Garrett, then walked out. He later returned, sat briefly at his locker and walked out with music blaring from a wireless speaker system.

After the media access was over, Bryant responded on Twitter: “Yeah, I blew up on the media but report why I blew up on ya’ll … Saying I don’t give f— about me and calling players n—– is not professional.”

He followed up by tweeting:

Dalrymple said the Cowboys would have no comment on the incident.

In the locker room afterward, Bryant said he would not speak to the media again.

Bryant made a similar comment after the Cowboys’ 13-12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 1, which was his first game back after a five-game absence because of a broken right foot.

At that time, Bryant was upset at a tweet from a Houston reporter that unfairly portrayed him making a derogatory statement to Seattle wide receiver Ricardo Lockette, who suffered a neck injury when he was a hit by Cowboys safety Jeff Heath while covering a punt.

“I won’t ever, ever, ever, ever wish bad on a player that’s been knocked down. C’mon, man. Stop with the bulls—,” Bryant said after the game. ” Not once did I say that’s what you get. I got on one knee and prayed for that man. I got on one knee and prayed for him. C’mon, man. Don’t put clips together and do that.”

The Cowboys are in the middle of a six-game losing streak, the franchise’s longest since 1989. Witten was asked if the frustration that boiled over in the Bryant incident is a result of the losing.

“Honestly,” Witten said. “I don’t know what happened there.”

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Vernon Davis(Vernon Davis Jersey) went through his first full day of meetings and practice with his new team Wednesday and as would be expected, he found a different situation waiting for him with the 7-0 Denver Broncos than the one he left with the 2-6 San Francisco 49ers.

The Broncos acquired Davis in a trade Monday after he spent nine and a half seasons with the 49ers, including the first half of this season — though he missed two games this year with a knee injury. And while Davis said he was “very, very surprised” he was traded, he said it didn’t take long to feel the difference after he arrived at the Broncos’ complex Tuesday.

Davis referenced the “energy” and the “synergy” inside the Broncos’ complex and said it was something the 49ers had in 2013 when the team advanced to the Super Bowl.

“Last time I felt that energy was when we were winning those games,” Davis said. ” … We had that winning attitude to just go out and win games.”

Davis said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke asked to see him Monday and that’s when Davis found out about the chance of a trade.

“GM called me and said, ‘Come in’ … he sat there and said, ‘Denver is very, very interested in you,’ and I was like, ‘Really,’ but I was kind of excited at the same time,” Davis said. “Really, that would be an amazing place to go, Peyton Manning’s there, are you kidding me? But it was a very emotional day for me.”

The 49ers have had no shortage of drama over the last two seasons, including Jim Harbaugh’s final season as coach, the hiring of Jim Tomsula, and the travails of quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was benched this week.

On multiple occasions Wednesday, Davis referred to “that environment” with the 49ers. Davis was asked how he went from the player who caught 13 touchdown passes in 2013 to one who had two touchdown catches last season and no touchdown receptions in his six starts with the 49ers this season.

“Everyone’s asking that question, where did I go? Where did I go? Where did I go?” Davis said. “San Francisco, look at the year when I started to drop off, what happened to the team? What happened to the team? They started to fall, there were so many things going on, so much turmoil. No one really excelled, no one really had success because the team, we didn’t have success. If the team’s not having success, chances are I’m not going to have success.

“That’s what it is, look at them now,” Davis continued. “They’ve only won two games and it’s hard, it’s tough to play with a team where [you] just don’t have everything you need. Things aren’t going to happen for you. To answer your question, that’s where I’ve been.”

Moments later Davis was asked about working with Manning, who took the tight end aside several times in Wednesday’s practice as the Broncos hope to get him up to speed enough to play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

“It’s kind of overwhelming, Peyton he’s one of those guys every wide receiver dreams about,” Davis said. “I’ve been dreaming about Peyton since I left college … I don’t know if he knows it, but I’ve been dreaming about this guy.

“Where I came from, I just had to accept what I had. Not knocking those guys, Colin and Alex [Smith], those guys were, they were really good, they were good at their craft, they were good quarterbacks. We’re talking about Peyton Manning, a whole other level, we all know that, so a little overwhelming.”