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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga — Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman has been ruled out for Sunday’s NFC South matchup with the Carolina Panthers due to a right knee injury.

Freeman suffered the injury in an 18-12 season-opening loss at Philadelphia. The two-time Pro Bowler said after the game he was fine but did not practice all week.

Coach Dan Quinn said it’s the same knee Freeman hurt last season, but Quinn said there was no structural damage. Quinn didn’t give timetable but is hopeful it won’t be long term.

The Falcons will start Tevin Coleman at running back with Freeman sidelined. Coleman’s career rushing numbers against the Panthers include 36 carries for 152 yards with a touchdown, six first downs and a long run of 55 yards.

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