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Schefter: Freeney likely to play Sunday

The status of Dwight Freeney’s injured ankle was trending upward as the week came to an end and it sounds the Colts defensive end is going to play in Super Bowl XLIV.

Adam Schefter of reports that Freeney will test the ankle during pregame warmups and, barring a setback, will be in the lineup when the Colts face the Saints. It’s not known how much Freeney would be able to play, but it seems a safe bet that he’ll be rushing Drew Brees on obvious passing downs.

Schefter calls Freeney a football version of Willis Reed, the Knicks center revered for taking the court in Game Seven of the 1970 NBA Finals with a torn muscle in his thigh. Reed didn’t play much against the Lakers that night, but hit his first two shots and was credited with inspiring his team’s eventual victory.

The situations are a bit different, especially since everyone has more or less expected Freeney would play, but a big play or two from Freeney could have a similar motivational effect.

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16 Responses to “Schefter: Freeney likely to play Sunday”
  1. bluestree says: Feb 6, 2010 1:59 PM

    Wow, no really, he’s gonna play? Great scoop Adam!

  2. buzzbissinger says: Feb 6, 2010 2:05 PM

    Does this come as a shock? Not to me.

  3. Phyxsius says: Feb 6, 2010 2:12 PM

    It doesn’t matter. The world wide leader already says the Saints have won the game:

  4. Fan of Football says: Feb 6, 2010 2:12 PM

    As the ETrade baby says, let me show you my shocked face.

  5. edgy1957 says: Feb 6, 2010 2:53 PM

    And when Brees throws a TD pass, the Pope will name him Saint Drew. :^
    The ESPN hype machine is in full gear.

  6. drumbug71 says: Feb 6, 2010 3:02 PM

    Phyxsius — did they really post that Feb 4? Was that an accident or what happened?

  7. Peoples Champ says: Feb 6, 2010 3:04 PM

    I’m shocked. I can’t believe that he’s going to play with that ankle. *Insert sarcasm*

  8. AmishGangsta says: Feb 6, 2010 4:17 PM

    Drumbug-yes, ESPN did indeed post that and its STILL there almost 4 hours later.

  9. Laxer37 says: Feb 6, 2010 4:40 PM

    Big mistake, he’s risking further injury that could force him to miss next season’s pivotal first pre-season game.
    Seriously, was it ever in doubt he would suit up and give it a shot?

  10. EG says: Feb 6, 2010 4:48 PM

    # Phyxsius says: February 6, 2010 2:12 PM
    It doesn’t matter. The world wide leader already says the Saints have won the game:
    it says to rank the 1-ring QB’s, so if Brees has already won, wouldn’t peyton be on that list too?

  11. CYGNUS X-1 says: Feb 6, 2010 6:01 PM

    as if there was any doubt,this way if he plays and the colts win it will because he was so inspirational playing on a bum ankel and when they lose it will be because he wasn’t 100%

  12. SFrancis1680 says: Feb 6, 2010 7:42 PM

    cut block him, especially if he comes in on passing downs, test that ankle early and often

  13. AmenVoxVeritas316 says: Feb 6, 2010 9:50 PM

    Wow, I’m shocked! I’ll save Vox the trouble of a post and say, ” Westbrook wouldn’t be able to do this”

  14. monet99 says: Feb 7, 2010 1:10 AM

    Schefter only says the obvious. He is God awful.

  15. monet99 says: Feb 7, 2010 1:10 AM

    Schefter reports tomorrow is Sunday.

  16. johnnyu19 says: Feb 7, 2010 1:53 AM

    Freeney, though obviously not 100%, will indeed play and contribute to the Colts defense. That said, watch for the Saints to cheap shot him and try and get him out of the game early.
    T.O. also played on a bum ankle in his super bowl with the Eagles a few years back… and he had a decent game. His team didn’t fare so well that day though, as the Patriots got the victory.

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