Coach Dan Quinn refuted Monday that Freeman (knee) will miss multiple games due to a right knee bruise, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports. Instead, Quinn called Freeman "day-to-day." Freeman emerged from a season-opening loss in Philadelphia with a right knee injury, which Quinn eventually termed as soreness in the middle of last week. The running back proceeded to miss every practice and be ruled out for Week 2, at which point Adam Schefter of ESPN threw out the potential for a 2-3 week absence. However, Quinn said Monday that statement "certainly didn't come from us." It's unclear if Freeman actually has a chance to suit up Sunday against the Saints, but Wednesday's practice report will give the first indication of his odds to do so. Until Freeman is cleared for game action, Tevin Coleman will be the lead back in Atlanta.
Freeman may be sidelined for up to 3-to-4 weeks with a right knee contusion, a source told Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Another Falcons official told Schefter they are projecting a 2-to-3-week absence for Freeman, who was officially ruled out for Sunday's divisional showdown with Carolina two days earlier. Regardless of which timetable proves more accurate, Freeman will be sidelined multiple games with the injury, which is to the same knee that the running back suffered PCL and MCL damage late in the 2017 campaign. Tevin Coleman will be in store for a leading role in the backfield while Freeman is out, with rookie fourth-round pick Ito Smith entering the rotation as Coleman's top understudy.
Freeman (knee), who has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Carolina, is expected to miss two to three weeks, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. With Freeman officially ruled out, Tevin Coleman is expected to get the start while Ito Smith serves as the backup. Coleman could have an extended run as the feature running back since it wouldn't be surprising for Freeman's return to take longer or for him to be eased into action.
Freeman (knee) won't play Sunday against the Panthers, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. With Freeman officially ruled out, Tevin Coleman is expected to get the start while Ito Smith serves as the backup. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said there's nothing structurally wrong with Freeman's knee, even though it's the same knee the running back injured late last season, per Jason Butt of The Athletic. Quinn's comment suggests Freeman has a shot to return for Week 3 against New Orleans.
Freeman (knee) isn't expected to play in Sunday's game against the Panthers, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. After missing practice the previous two days, Freeman wasn't on the field for the start of Friday's session, per Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. The Falcons haven't officially ruled him out, but that could be coming when the team releases its final injury report Friday afternoon. Tevin Coleman is expected to fill in as the starter and handle a heavy workload, with rookie Ito Smith serving as the backup.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/23||New Orleans Saints||3||9.00|
|6||10/14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||29||27.00|
|7||10/23||New York Giants||19||16.00|
|12||11/23||@New Orleans Saints||3||9.00|
|14||12/09||@Green Bay Packers||8||12.00|
|17||12/30||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||29||27.00|
|3 Year Avg||229||1000||10||54||452||2||215|