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Report: Freeney has torn ligament in ankle

So we know where Dwight Freeney was on Saturday night.  (More precisely, we know where he wasn’t.) What’s not clear is whether Freeney will available next Sunday night to play in his second Super Bowl.

We mentioned that ESPN’s John Clayton said it would be an uphill battle for Freeney to suit up, and now Clayton’s colleague Adam Schefter has the reason why.

Freeney has a torn ligament in his right ankle that “will make it difficult to play if he plays at all.”   (That sound you just heard was Saints tackle Jermon Bushrod jumping for joy.)

Each year, there seems to be one injury that gets the attention of the media.  Expect to hear more about Freeney’s ankle over the next week than you could possibly want.

UPDATE: Freeney has a “low ankle” sprain according to the team.
 

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28 Responses to “Report: Freeney has torn ligament in ankle”
  1. jersey73 says: Jan 31, 2010 6:22 PM

    If Freeney can’t go…it is up to Raheem Brock. Brock has been a beast recently.
    The only loss of a player that the Colts can’t overcome is Peyton Manning.

  2. Hooby says: Jan 31, 2010 6:26 PM

    poor dwight/colts. that levels the playing field a little bit, now the colts wont blow the saints out completely. theyll just win by a lot.

  3. afiresnake says: Jan 31, 2010 6:26 PM

    “Expect to hear more about [...] over the next week than you could possibly want.”
    True for about anything posted on this site.

  4. ar1888 says: Jan 31, 2010 6:27 PM

    Did you check a source on this one? Maybe he tore it at the party he hosted. Is this see how many headlines we can write about Dwight Freeney day?

  5. polakojones says: Jan 31, 2010 6:28 PM

    wow thats too bad…any news on Bryant Mckinnie’s injury(ies)? Heard he slipped on the dock after getting off the Love Boat.

  6. Peoples Champ says: Jan 31, 2010 6:39 PM

    Uh oh! Pretty serious, son!

  7. lebowski says: Jan 31, 2010 6:40 PM

    At least we won’t have to hear about Favre’s taint all week.

  8. Tiki's Barber says: Jan 31, 2010 6:58 PM

    Maybe he’ll tough it out in a bloody sock a la Kurt Shilling. Then they’ll send it to Canton.

  9. CaptainFantastik says: Jan 31, 2010 7:37 PM

    I’m no Saints fan, but if some of you think the Saints are going to get blown out by the Colts then you:
    A) are on crack
    B) know nothing of matchups. The Saints match up very well with the Colts.
    If the Colts defense isn’t on their game it could very well be the Colts that get blown out. The Jets of all teams marched into Indy in the playoffs and put up a quick 17 on them. Imagine what Brees and that offense could do. Peyton typically runs longer methodical drives…..which is not conducive to putting up alot of points. If the Saints jump out to a quick lead by double digits it could be a very long day for the Colts. This isn’t Rex Grossman they’re up against.

  10. FUNSHIPM174 says: Jan 31, 2010 7:47 PM

    CaptainFantastik says
    **I’m no Saints fan, but if some of you think the Saints are going to get blown out **
    Are you kidding me? The Saints were handed a game on a silver platter last week by a Minnesota team that did everything it could to hand the wins to the Saints in New Orleans.And to top it, these same Saints players actually think they outplayed the Vikings and did what they had to win the game!
    Now it’s reality check time and the Saints Will get their doors blown off. Have you wondered why the line opened at the Colts -4 and now is up to Colts -6?
    The “Whales” are betting the Colts because they know the Saints are not as good.

  11. RayDaMayor says: Jan 31, 2010 7:51 PM

    I’ve said it before….and I’ll say it again…..
    TEH SAINTS ARE GONNA SHOCK THE WORLD

  12. bearsrule says: Jan 31, 2010 7:53 PM

    I can’t wait to hear some media nitwit refer to it as the greatest injury ever.

  13. IndyWilson says: Jan 31, 2010 8:10 PM

    CaptainDumbass, it’s you that knows nothing about matchups. Sure, if Freeney doesn’t play, the playing field is significantly leveled. He is the key to everything they do defensively. Ask any expert or former player, they will tell you that the Colts speed on defense negates the Saints speed on offense. Huge advantage to Indy. Also, the Colts historically have fared well vs quarterbacks that take 7 step drops. Without Freeney, that advantage is gone. Offensively, the Colts aren’t methodical against bad defenses, such as the Saints. As for the Rex Grossman comment, he was 15-4 in 2006, including a blowout victory over Drew Brees, 39-14. And if that was supposed to be a shot at Indy, remember that they beat Tom Brady just 2 weeks before they beat Rex Grossman. Owned.

  14. CaptainFantastik says: Jan 31, 2010 8:11 PM

    Are you kidding me? The Saints were handed a game on a silver platter last week by a Minnesota team that did everything it could to hand the wins to the Saints in New Orleans.And to top it, these same Saints players actually think they outplayed the Vikings and did what they had to win the game!
    Now it’s reality check time and the Saints Will get their doors blown off. Have you wondered why the line opened at the Colts -4 and now is up to Colts -6?
    The “Whales” are betting the Colts because they know the Saints are not as good
    ———————————————–
    Indy is not an explosive offense like Minnesota. And you do realize that those were FORCED turnovers last week right? Try giving credit where credit is due. The New Orleans defense has been forcing turnovers all year..,….the Minnesota game was hardly an anomoly. The “whales” also bet on the Patriots in 2007…..and the Rams in 2001. It’s all about matchups.

  15. zod says: Jan 31, 2010 8:41 PM

    Quote:Indy is not an explosive offense like Minnesota. And you do realize that those were FORCED turnovers last week right? Try giving credit where credit is due. The New Orleans defense has been forcing turnovers all year..,….the Minnesota game was hardly an anomoly. The “whales” also bet on the Patriots in 2007…..and the Rams in 2001. It’s all about matchups.
    Captain when the color of the sky is blue and the sun is yellow on your world, give us a call

  16. jersey73 says: Jan 31, 2010 8:46 PM

    RayDaMayor says:
    I’ve said it before….and I’ll say it again…..
    TEH SAINTS ARE GONNA SHOCK THE WORLD
    ————
    How would the Saints winning be a “shock to the world”??? Only two SB results were a shock…the Jets over Colts in SB 3 and the Giants over the Patriots two years ago.
    Why would a 15-3 team beating a 16-2 team in the SB shock the world??? Do Saints fans have that bad of an inferiority complex???

  17. BigEarl504 says: Jan 31, 2010 9:11 PM

    Not sure why sooooo many people hate the Saints? I love it when someone says that the Saints got outplayed by the Vikings last week. Amazing how everyone forgot that 4 of the 5 fumbles and both interceptions were a direct result of a Saint defensive player stripping the ball from a Viking player or jumping in front of a Viking receiver. Keep in mind folks….The Saints Defense led the league in causing turnovers. It’s no fluke the Vikings turned the ball over so much, that’s what the Saints do they cause turnovers. (ranked 26th in defense because they give up yards…1st in turnovers, 3rd in opponents QB rating)
    And speaking of getting handed a game….Didn’t the Colts get handed a game against New England (at home 35-34) when Belichick decided to go for it from his own 28 yard line? The same Patriots that got bombed by the New Orleans Saints (38-17). Let’s also keep in mind that in 5 matchups against Gregg Williams’ defenses, Payton Manning has had a passer rating of less than 75.0 three times.
    Please keep underestimating the Saints……Afterall, no team that lost it’s last 3 regular season games has made the Superbowl (oh, wait……)

  18. dowens11 says: Jan 31, 2010 9:14 PM

    The Saints will blow them out. I’m pretty sure there is a rookie starting at CB for the Colts and now with Freeny out. Sorry Colts fans, PosterBoy Manning will get his stats and make it somewhat interesting late, but in the end the Saints will run away with it. Waaaaaay too many weapons for the Colts to face. Look for Sharper to capitalize where Ed Reed didn’t. Brees will throw for 4 TD’s if not more against that weak secondary and now only 1 1/2 effective pass rushers.
    7 days til ———–”I told ya so”

  19. straightup says: Jan 31, 2010 9:24 PM

    Anyone who thinks the Saints can’t win don’t know football. Go look at the Colts schedule. Look at when they played teams with ok QB’s and good run game’s they struggled to win. So how will they stop the Saints Offense. The Vikings got to Brees how many times with that great line? Sure the Colts can win as well but if the Saints come in and take the ball away like they have all season and keep calm they’ll win.

  20. ravensos says: Jan 31, 2010 9:49 PM

    rep those Tigers Jermon!!!

  21. kpweaver27 says: Feb 1, 2010 12:40 AM

    I have to correct the homer who said the turnovers were forced in the MIN-NO. I’ve got one turnover being the Saints’ responsibility. The others are Vikings mess ups as always. AP fumbles all the time, and he did twice more. He fumbles as often as he wakes up black.

  22. AcidSoda says: Feb 1, 2010 12:51 AM

    The saints got the NFC Championship game handed to them literally by favre’s INT. If he tucks the ball away and runs four, five yards it could very well have been over then. Or if the team doesn’t suffer a collective brain fart in the 12 men in the huddle penalty, the game would’ve been over. 5 turnovers (or however many they had) and all.
    And as for Brees tearing up indy’s DBs? Don’t you mean Manning shredding that 26th ranked pass defense a new a-hole and then some?

  23. Grrrr05 says: Feb 1, 2010 1:10 AM

    I’m really sick of idiots like FunShip who keep referring to the Vikings game as a reason the Saints will lose. Really dude? Did you just start watching football last week? What about the week before that when they had already scored 45 points on Arizona mid-way through the 3rd quarter. That’s right, the same Arizona team that beat the Vikings by 13 points. What about the rest of the season? The Saints have scored the MOST POINTS and MOST YARDS of any team over the WHOLE season. Keep crying about the Vikings turnovers. Guess what, the Saints CREATED those turnovers. This is NOTHING NEW. They’ve created 46 TURNOVERS since the beginning of the season. SHUT UP and GET OVER IT, VIKINGS. YOUR TEAM LOST. The Colts and Saints are the first to start 13-0 in the same season. That is a remarkable feat. To say that one has a definite advantage over the other is just silly. They are both great teams and this should be a great game. And for anyone to say any differently, you’re obviously just a *still* bitter Vikings fan.

  24. Just Drew It! says: Feb 1, 2010 1:50 AM

    @kpweaver27,
    did you even watch the game? catch the replay on NFL network and you’ll see all but AP’s fumbled hand off was a direct result of a Saints player forcing the ball out. And Reggie gave it to the Vikings unforced, right before that fumble.
    Give the defense some credit for god’s sakes. I am sick of hearing the crying from people. Vikings lost, Saints won, get over it.

  25. NOLAGirl says: Feb 1, 2010 11:50 AM

    At least the Vikings’ fans have a good excuse when the Saints beat the Colts………………they’ll be able to whine that the Saints got handed the game on a silver platter becauase Freeney’s injured!!

  26. Rip says: Feb 1, 2010 12:23 PM

    Well damn, had two posts put up and subsequently removed.
    odd

  27. mosdef says: Feb 1, 2010 4:17 PM

    Anyone who thinks the Colts DON’T have an explosive offense is completely r_t_rded. They’re a team that’s clearly mastered the art of winning. If they need to score 20 points and milk the clock while doing it, they will. If they need to get into a shootout and score 38 or whatever they got against the Pats earlier this year, they can do that. Manning’s playing at a level rarely seen before, so for anyone to think their offense isn’t tougher to deal with than Minnesota or anyone else, just wait. Also, whoever mentioned some mythical edge that Greg Williams’ defenses have had on Manning recently, maybe check the facts first. Peter King’s MMQB column today completely dispelled that garbage.
    I’m not saying the Saints can’t win, because they’re a very good team too, but don’t pretend that the Colts’ offense is inferior in any way.

  28. Mark0226 says: Feb 1, 2010 4:36 PM

    AcidSoda says: The saints got the NFC Championship game handed to them literally by favre’s INT. If he tucks the ball away and runs four, five yards it could very well have been over then. Or if the team doesn’t suffer a collective brain fart in the 12 men in the huddle penalty, the game would’ve been over. 5 turnovers (or however many they had) and all.
    ==========
    So many assumptions here. First, yes, Favre threw the INT, but the Saints D was chasing him and forced an off balance throw across his body, and the Saints DB jumped in front of the WR. In other words, it was forced. Favre didn’t just decide to throw the game away; he was forced into it by the defense.
    Second, sure he ‘could’ have tucked the ball and ran, but he had been hit ALL day by the Saints D, so I’m sure he didn’t really want to get hit again. In other words, the hard and aggressive play of the Saints D contributed to his decision to throw instead of run.
    Third, a 51 yard FG is not a gimmie. Ask Nate Kaeding.
    Fourth, all but one of those turnovers were forced, so give the Saints at least a little credit. There were about three or four others that the Saints missed by not catching the call or not recovering the loose ball on the ground.
    The following is not directly related to your comments, but to others.
    Even though the Vikings dominated the time of possession, first downs, and yardage, the Saints still scored four (4) TD’s and were actually leading late in the fourth quarter. They were just more efficient in their scoring drives. The game is determined by points, not yardage or time of possession. The Colts are well aware of this considering they beat the Dolphins earlier in the year with only 15 minutes in time of possession.
    The Saints defense is aggressive and opportunistic. They can get beat with big plays (like the first play of the game against the Cardinals), but they also come up big in critical times, forcing turnovers when they need it most. High risk, high reward. They were ranked 25th in yardage allowed (26th passing, 21st rushing), but 1st in turnovers, and 2nd in red zone defense.
    The Washington game went to OT and Washington got the ball first. Washington had been moving the ball and scoring almost at will against the Saints, defense, so one would assume that Washington was a shoe in to win the game, but the defense forced a turnover to get the ball back.

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