Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney and the rest of his teammates arrived 20 minutes late for their portion of Media Day, and Freeney immediately was hit with questions regarding the only real news (so far) of Super Bowl week.
He talked about his injured ankle, which was uncovered while he sat at the podium. NFL Network cameras showed
images of a joint that NFLN’s Deion Sanders described as badly swollen.
Freeney acknowledged that he has been subjected to a wide variety of treatment devices, including an oxygen chamber.
He said he doesn’t know if he’ll play, but he made it clear he has every intention of getting on the field. In the end, Freeney said it will come down to a “coach’s decision,” which NFLN’s Warren Sapp interpreted as a strong indication that Freeney won’t play.
Freeney explained that he came to Miami early in the hopes of having extra time for any additional swelling from the flight to subside.
He also lamented the fact that the injury happened late in the AFC Championship, with only two minutes to go in a game the Colts led by 13 points. Some of you have suggested that the Colts should be criticized for not puling Freeney out of the game at that point. But a 13-point lead quickly can become a six-point lead with backups on the field, and then the Jets would have been only an onside kick away from stealing the win.
Still, only a month removed from much discussion and debate regarding a decision to remove starters against the Jets in a regular-season game, the presence of one key starter in the late stages of a postseason game against the Jets could make it harder for the Colts to bring home the sport’s ultimate prize.