“We hope it is not a long-term thing,” Quinn said. “When he can be (explosive) , we are certainly hope that is closer than (long-term).”
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Running back Tevin Coleman will carry most of the load. He’ll be backed up by rookie Ito Smith.
Also, Brian Hill will be available after he was called up from the practice squad.
“It is (the same knee),” said Quinn of Freeman’s injury. “But nothing is structurally wrong with it. He got hit on it, and it’s sore. It bruises up, gets sore and you can explode on it. He’s such a unique player. When you can’t do your stuff. You can’t do it.
“It’s unfortunate. It’s not a long-term issue we are hopeful. Certainly, we have capable guys for this weekend. We are bummed that he’s not going to be there, but hopefully it won’t be long.”
Freeman rushed six times for 36 yards and caught three passes for 14 yards in the 18-12 loss to the Eagles. He also gave up a sack to Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks while in pass protection.
Freeman played 39 of 70 offensive snaps (56 percent), Coleman played 36 of 70 snaps (51 percent).
Left guard Andy Levitre (left elbow), cornerback Isiah Oliver (right ankle) and cornerback Brian Poole (ankle) were limited Thursday.
Wide receiver Marvin Hall (ankle), long snapper Josh Harris (left hip), tight end Austin Hooper (knee), fullback Ricky Ortiz (neck) and cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson (shoulder) fully participated in practice Thursday.