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Falcons starter Ra'Shede Hageman sidelined with concussion

The Falcons' Ra'Shede Hageman is in the league's concussion protocol and will miss Friday's preseason game. Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons starting defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman suffered a concussion and is out for Friday's preseason game against the New York Jets.

Hageman, last year’s second-round draft pick from Minnesota, suffered what Falcons coach Dan Quinn called a face/neck injury during Tuesday's practice. After further evaluation, it was determined that Hageman sustained a concussion.

"Hopefully, we'll get him back out here shortly," Quinn said of Hageman. "He's doing well."

Quinn said Hageman currently is undergoing the concussion protocol. That involves meeting with an independent neurologist and then a progression of exercises and baseline tests. After that, Hageman must be cleared by both a team physical and the independent neurologist. It is typically a one-week process for the mildest concussion. Hageman's helmet also must be evaluated by the equipment manager to determine if it is safe for use.

Jonathan Babineaux is likely to start in place of Hageman on Friday. The veteran Babineaux ran with the first team during Wednesday's final training camp practice.

In other injury news, Quinn said starting strong safety William Moore is day-to-day with a calf strain suffered during Tuesday's practice. Kemal Ishmael ran with the first team in place of Moore on Wednesday.

"Hopefully, we'll have him back out here soon," Quinn said of Moore.

Also, running back Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman continued their rehabilitation from hamstring strains, but their availability for Friday's game remains in doubt. Quinn said he wants to measure their levels of soreness during the next day to see if they are ready for full action. Both players received limited 11-on-11 reps Wednesday.

Outside linebacker Brooks Reed falls under the same guidelines as Freeman and Coleman as he continues his recovery from a groin injury. Reed saw his most extensive reps Wednesday, but the team practiced in shorts.

Starting cornerback Desmond Trufant remains sidelined with a shoulder strain but said he's "good," and running back Antone Smith sat out his third consecutive day coming off a hamstring injury. Offensive lineman Peter Konz missed practice while being evaluated for knee soreness. He suffered an ACL tear last season.