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Freeney's swollen ankle makes an appearance at Media Day

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.

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23 Responses to “Freeney's swollen ankle makes an appearance at Media Day”
  1. looch says: Feb 2, 2010 10:37 AM

    bushrod’s likely relieved, but better watch out for raheem brock!

  2. Nevisyakker says: Feb 2, 2010 10:38 AM

    He is a huge loss for the Colts. Even if he does play, which is pretty doubtful, he can’t be effective. He is a speed rush guy that relies on that explosive first step. You can’t get that with only one leg working for you.

  3. 4ever19 says: Feb 2, 2010 10:41 AM

    With Freeney, my Colts have a very good chance of winning. Without Freeney, they lose 35-14. It’s that simple. To beat the Saints, you have to pressure little Mr. Brees. To do that, the Colts need Dwight coming off the edge and distracting the Saints blockers from the rest of the pass rush.

  4. disco says: Feb 2, 2010 10:44 AM

    “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”
    Colts 35 Saint 10

  5. Rip says: Feb 2, 2010 10:57 AM

    Disco – the Colts haven’t blown out any team this year, and all of them are inferior to the Saints.
    You should probably reverse that score, it would be more reflective of reality.

  6. pftfanboy says: Feb 2, 2010 11:01 AM

    can this colts team win without their 2 best defensive players? i think this team has more nerve and character than the colts teams we have seen this last decade.
    i still expect the colts to finish the job.

  7. Bill Cowher's Chin says: Feb 2, 2010 11:02 AM

    Super Bowl final score predictions are the best, LMFAO, like disco’s 35-10 score. It happens every year, Bills 35 – Giants 14, oh shit, the Giants won. Rams 41-Pats 10, oh shit, the Pats won. Pats 38 – Giants 13, oh shit, the Giants won…. No one really knows what is going to happen, no one, not the fans, not the experts….
    It could certainly be a blow out for either team. The Colts fans are starting to sound like Pats fans, with their predictions of Super Bowl success. Be careful Colts fans. The Giants fans didnt say a word prior to the SB, but they had a lot to say after. The Saints fans have also been pretty quiet….. I expect the Colts to win, but not by much…..

  8. u00bgw says: Feb 2, 2010 11:04 AM

    Freeney is playing ….
    Word around Indy is he is definetly playing.

  9. Rip says: Feb 2, 2010 11:14 AM

    u00bgw says:
    February 2, 2010 11:04 AM
    Freeney is playing ….
    Word around Indy is he is definetly playing.
    ______________________________
    Good, he will be more of a liability than a healthy backup.

  10. tap watters says: Feb 2, 2010 11:27 AM

    I would put him in at left end, that way he wouldn’t have to rely on that bum ankle to push off. Switch Mathis to the right. Catch the Saints O off guard, keep both your star edge rushers, (if at slightly diminished capacity because one’s injured and one’s playing a different side). I’m your next DC, Jimmy!

  11. pftfanboy says: Feb 2, 2010 11:35 AM

    a sprained ankle is bad but it isnt the worst. some cortizone and adrenaline will do wonders.

  12. RayDaMayor says: Feb 2, 2010 11:39 AM

    Both teams have lost players in the matchup. The Saints All-Pro LT Brown is out and the Colts All-Pro RE Freeney looks like he is out.
    Even playing field….

  13. RIP__21 says: Feb 2, 2010 11:48 AM

    Third degree sprain = complete rupture of the ligament. Recovery time is usually 6-12 weeks, and thats if you dont have surgery.
    There is no chance he plays this weekend. I dont care how many oxygen chamber sessions he has. Its gonna be the Raheem Brock show and thats great news for the saints offense.

  14. Rip says: Feb 2, 2010 11:49 AM

    3rd degree sprain = torn ligaments by definition

  15. lichnor says: Feb 2, 2010 11:50 AM

    “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.”
    Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.
    “Some of you”??????
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/01/26/colts-expect-freeney-to-play-in-super-bowl/
    Mike Florio said:
    “The injury occurred with roughly two minutes to play.
    (OK, I can’t resist it. . . . Maybe they should have pulled their starters during garbage time of a game they led by 13?)”
    Yeeeeeaaaaa……..some of “you”.

  16. KrazyTrumpeter05 says: Feb 2, 2010 11:56 AM

    I’m guessing people are forgetting Raheem Brock is no slouch at the position, either. Yeah, losing Freeney sucks, but Brock is very much a capable pass rushed in his own right. I really wouldn’t be all that concerned. The overall depth of the team is MUCH better than years past.

  17. pftfanboy says: Feb 2, 2010 12:15 PM

    ray the mayor-
    dont forget bob sanders.

  18. No1billsfan says: Feb 2, 2010 12:17 PM

    Colts will Crush the Saints, regardless.
    Get your Saints ‘Who Dat’ shirts on the cheap come Monday morning.
    Go Polian, Go Peyton, Go Colts!

  19. Bill Cowher's Chin says: Feb 2, 2010 12:19 PM

    # KrazyTrumpeter05 says: February 2, 2010 11:56 AM
    I’m guessing people are forgetting Raheem Brock is no slouch at the position, either. Yeah, losing Freeney sucks, but Brock is very much a capable pass rushed in his own right. I really wouldn’t be all that concerned. The overall depth of the team is MUCH better than years past.
    _____________________________
    I dont disagree the Brock is no slouch but alot of comments, including yours, make it sound like Brock is simply an ample substitute for Freeney. Perhaps that isnt your intent. Brock and Freeney play on opposite ends, every down. Freeney makes Brock a much better player, and Brock makes Freeney a better player. Taking Freeney out of the game wil show the world if Brock is that good, or if he is simply a product of Freeney being a superior player. The point is, without Freeney, the Colts are a different team. Their pass rush will suffer, and if you want to know how good Brees is, when there is NO pass rush, look up the game he played against New England, because New England has no pass rush
    Kind of like when players leave Baltimore, like Sharper, and Thomas, and everyone realizes they werent great players after all, they were great players because of Ray Lewis……We might b finding out how important Freeney is, and how over rated Brock is. OR, we might find out Brock is the real deal….

  20. eaglealan64 says: Feb 2, 2010 12:30 PM

    I guess this shows the wisdom of the Colts pulling their starters in the regular season, but I’m guessing no one in the media will point that out!!

  21. KrazyTrumpeter05 says: Feb 2, 2010 12:52 PM

    Uh, Mathis plays opposite of Freeney. Brock is Freeney’s backup on the depth charts. Brock cannot replace Freeney, no question. But my point was more, “Just because Freeney is out, doesn’t mean his position is suddenly soft.” Brock would be a starter on most other teams, and will still give the Saints Oline some trouble, even though he’s not the same monster Freeney is.

  22. boltschick says: Feb 2, 2010 1:32 PM

    This story should be accompanied by a picture of the ankle.

  23. patpatriotagain says: Feb 4, 2010 12:12 PM

    brock is good when freeney is getting double teamed. brees will have all day, which will not be good with that secondary. of course there’s always the zebras with the too convenient second half pass interference calls…

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