All eyes were on Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney at this morning’s Media Day at Super Bowl XLIV. Well, all eyes were on his ankle, actually. As perhaps the most important part of a successful Indy defense, the status of Dwight’s beat up ankle (third degree sprain—which means it’s torn) could very well make or break the Colts Sunday.
Dwight seemed optimistic despite his lack of practice time and “questionable” status:
“The ankle is pretty much day-to-day. Every morning I wake up hoping. It’s all right, I don’t know if I can stretch it way out here. It’s just day-to-day. Hopefully toward the end of the week it starts to get better. It still has a little bit of swelling left, trying to get it out.”
After some pretty negative reports earlier this week, I didn’t give Dwight much of a chance of playing. But you never know. He’s played hurt before and is pretty quick at recovering from injuries. I honestly feel the Colts are playing with the Saints a bit by continuing to keep Dwight’s status up-in-the-air or doubtful. But both teams might as well prepare as though Dwight will be in the lineup because I’m starting to believe he will play. It’s a tremendous blow to the Colts if Dwight can’t play. But if they can get at least some quality third down snaps from him, it will be better than not having him at all.
Source: NFL Media