Quinn added Freeman is "jacked" about returning. The back has toted the rock 167 times for 764 yards this season with an NFL-leading nine rushing touchdowns.
Atlanta's rushing attack suffered two weeks ago after Freeman exited the Week 11 loss. Rookie Tevin Coleman ran for 110 yards last week, but also had a crucial fumble -- Coleman has three fumbles lost this season on 78 touches (1 per 26 touches); Freeman has 1 fumble on 215 touches this season.
Here's a look at other injuries we're tracking Wednesday:
- Broncos coach Gary Kubiak told reporters that the cast on Peyton Manning's injured left foot has been removed, but the five-time NFL MVP is still wearing a protective boot. "We're totally committed to getting (Manning) back. ... Nothing has changed," Kubiak said. Manning is expected to miss the next two weeks as he continues to recover from a torn plantar fascia.
Linebacker DeMarcus Ware (back) was limited in practice. He has missed the last three games for Denver.
- Chiefs running back Charcandrick West (hamstring) was a full-go at practice. Also tackle Eric Fisher (neck), lineman Allen Bailey (calf) and linebacker Dee Ford (rib) practiced today. Trainer Rick Burkholder told reporters that guard Ben Grubbs (neck) will need another month to recover and has been placed on injured reserve.