ORLANDO — Falcons defensive end Dwight Freeney to be held out of tonight’s game with a slight back strain, according to coach Dan Quinn.
It’s a precautionary move and Freeney is expected back at practice as early as Sunday.
For the second game in a row, the Falcons will not have a chance to see the veteran Freeney and second-year defensive end Vic Beasley rush the passer together in their nickel package.
Beasley, who led the team with four sacks last year, was a late scratch against Cleveland last week.
Freeney, who’s set to enter his 14th season in the NFL, has 119.5 career sacks.