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What Happens If Freeney (High Ankle Sprain) Can’t Play?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 13, 2012 – 5:04 pm

For the last 11 seasons, Dwight Freeney of the Indianapolis Colts has been one of the most productive defenders in the NFL. He has 102.5 career sacks and has registered double-digits sacks in 7 of his 10 seasons. That’ why it was surprising to see Freeney fail to register a single statistic in the Colts season-opener last week in Chicago.

Upon closer review, though, you’ll notice that Freeney only played 9 snaps against the Bears because an ankle injury took him out of action. Reports surfaced earlier this week that Freeney had the dreaded high ankle sprain, an injury that typically keeps players out for multiple weeks.

Freeney has missed two straight days of practice because of the injury, a sign that Freeney may indeed be out of this weekend’s game against the Vikings. Although Freeney is in the midst of a position change from DE to LB as new Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano transitions the defense away from a 4-3 look and into a new 3-4 scheme, the 11-year veteran will still be a productive player and a player for whom opposing teams will need to game plan.

Speaking with reporters earlier in the week, Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier acknowledged that Freeney’s absence would have a direct impact on how the Vikings go about attacking the Colts defense.

“I have a lot of respect for Dwight, just going back to my days in Indy as well,” Frazier explained. “And I can remember teams completely changing how they approached us because of Dwight, so it wouldn’t be any different (for the Vikings). He’s a major factor. He’s in his 11th season in the League, but he still is a guy you have to pay attention to and you better know where he is at all times. It would definitely make a different if he is not on the field.

At this point in time, all signs point to Freeney missing the game. But we won’t know for sure until 90 minutes prior to kickoff, which is when teams are required to designate their inactive players for the game. Losing Freeney would obviously be a blow to Indianapolis’ defense. But the cupboard is not bare behind Freeney.

Here’s a look at two players who would help fill the void if Freeney can’t go on Sunday…

Mario Addison
Beginning his second NFL season after going undrafted out of Troy in 2011, Addison will get a good look at the position if Freeney doesn’t play. He was on the field for 21 snaps following Freeney’s injury last Sunday, and while he didn’t record a statistic, you have to figure a jump in performance is due after playing most of last week and then practicing all of this week. Addison measures in at 6-3, 257 pounds and wears jersey #97.

Jerry Hughes
A 1st-round pick (#31 overall) of the Colts the draft after their last Super Bowl appearance (2010), Hughes entered the League out of TCU as a defensive end. He wasn’t a great fit as a DE in the Colts old defensive scheme, but he might be a great fit as an outside LB in the Colts new scheme. The only problem has been that he’s playing behind an All-Pro. If that All-Pro is injured, Hughes will get a shot to produce. Hughes, who measures in at 6-2, 254 pounds, played 56 defensive snaps after Freeney went down in Chicago last week, and he figures to get plenty more snaps this week at home against the Vikings. Hughes wears jersey #92


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110 Responses to “What Happens If Freeney (High Ankle Sprain) Can’t Play?”

  1. By Mike B. on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    First

  2. By Mike B. on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    No one wants to see a play go down with an injury. Hope he gets well soon. I think we should do well against the Colts both teams had tough last seasons. Both will be motivated to win. I think we pick our first road win here.

  3. By Spencer on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Cook has been limited in practice because of a ‘bicep’ injury.

    So on Sunday Cook was playing hurt, what a warrior.

  4. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Just for tonight……………..GO GB!!!!!!!!!!

  5. By Spencer on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    …F-ck Greenbay.

  6. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    They need to win tonight so we can lead the division after we beat the colts and SF beats Detroit. SO as I said GO GB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. By sandiamond on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Freeney to linebacker? dumb as the Griffen move

    Colts most active team on waiver wire lately which should translate to lack of depth

  8. By sandiamond on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    dont listen to anyone about temp lead in the north. packers going down #1 task

  9. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    The lead is contagious……………Like Jared said “winning is contagious”….If we lead the division the team will get more attention from the networks…..more motivation to defend the lead…..Higher slot in the power rankings and all this means higher team moral which might just be enough to upset the 49ers week 3. Every little bit helps….first place is always better than tied for first.

  10. By sandiamond on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    odark think about the whole season. need two other north teams to have an off-season for a shot at WC

  11. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry, I see GB winning tonight actually helping the Vikings a bit more than a loss would. Dont get me wrong a loss is awesome too. You wont change my mind. Just sayin.

  12. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Still fun to watch…Chicago is beating the s*** out of Rodgers right now. He was just pig piled by 3 Bears.

  13. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Rodgers hurt his thumb on his own face mask after that last hit

  14. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    3 and out back and forth…..back and forth

  15. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Just a funny bone hit on rodgers. he is fine

  16. By sandiamond on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    D battle! let’s see if Alshon Jeffery can do anything

  17. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    I need to see more from Brandon marshall. He is on one of my fantasy teams. Not a peep from him yet.

  18. By Parody on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    odark – Leading the division after week 2 won’t mean anything to the players. If anything, it will just give the guys who were supposed to be leading the division, who KNOW that they’re better than their record, reason to play even harder to save face.

  19. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    I am tired of explaining myself. Besides at home against SF……..a division lead might mean something to the OTHER fans even if it wont mean anything to the you and sandiamond. A loud dome is an advantage. Even if a division lead means nothing to the players?? Whatever.

  20. By Parody on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    The dome was as loud as ever on Sunday afternoon, and that was with A LOT of empty seats.

    The play on the field generates crowd noise more than crowd noise generates improved play on the field. I’ve been to enough games to know that first-hand.

  21. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Well after we are leading the division, even if it is week 2, we shall hear what the players and coaches think about having the best record in the NFC north in their respective pressers.

  22. By Parody on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Let the Bears’ first lost be a blowout in week 3 against the Rams. The crowd will know the Bears don’t have a chance by the time they cross into the second half, and the win against San Fran will mean that much more because it will guarantee the division lead.

  23. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    It looks like these two teams are trying to put eachothers QBs on the PUP list….

  24. By Parody on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    I really don’t like to root for people to fail, so I guess I am just going to have to hope that both teams succeed in that endeavor, odark.

  25. By sandiamond on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    oh well good ballgame!

  26. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Seems like both teams are pretty timid when it comes to the pass tonight.

  27. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Or the coverage is just that good.

  28. By Parody on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    …or their QBs are just past their primes…

  29. By chris_b on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Is it just my computer or does everyone have problems watching the videos. What did peterson and allen have to say

  30. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    They played fone for me………….Peterson said the same thing he always says except that he seemed to respect his injury a bit more. He admitted to being sore after last weeks game.

  31. By sandiamond on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    sometimes have problems the first day of vikingscom videos. older ones play fine

  32. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Jared said the same old thing as well. You didnt miss anything.

  33. By chris_b on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    they play for 20 seconds then stop. got the allen one to play after pushing refresh a bunch of times

  34. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    I cant believe brandon marshall has not seen the ball once and it is almost the half.

  35. By sandiamond on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    yep same problem should be fine tomorrow lol

  36. By chris_b on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    jeff saturday deosnt look very good in green. but i guess nobody deos

  37. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    man Rodgers looks like a turd tonight.

  38. By Parody on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    I think the Bears are trying to save Marshall for latter portion of the game. Wait until the Packers back off on the coverage a bit and then turn him loose.

  39. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    It looks like the Bears O-line does not like Cutler much. Cutler showing negative fantasy points.

  40. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    The biggest disappointment was the Bills.

  41. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Not impressed with Chicago at all in this game. Defense made a good showing early but pooped out. Offense? What offense. GB defense has been destroying cutler all night. Chicago O-line struggling.

  42. By 61Vikings on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    You can tell that Mike Tice is the offensive coordinator for the Bears, very predictable and the Bears offensive line stinks!!

  43. By 61Vikings on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    The Bears offense is making the Packers defense look like the best in the league!! C’mon Bears, wake up!!!

  44. By Parody on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Why did Tice ever get promoted to Head Coach here anyways? It looks as if he was just lucky to have good players for him when he was the OLine coach in MN, and has had a career in the NFL ever since because people continue to believe that he was responsible for their success.

  45. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Well I feel a whole lot better about playing the bears after this showing

  46. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Matt Forte injured. headed to the locker room

  47. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Hey– why is the game not on regular TV? This sport is all about the money!

  48. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    NFL network.

  49. By 61Vikings on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    The problem with Mike Tice when he was here was that he never had control of the team!! It always seemed that a lot of his players were getting into trouble!! Never thought he was a good choice for head coach!! Just like the Viking organization to hire someone like Tice but let guys like Dungy,Tomlin and Billick go and be hired by other organizations and win Superbowls!!!

  50. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Tice was like a confused erratic parent– he would yell at a player and then pat him on the head and smile– he could never follow through with discipline and was perceived as wishy washy. Too bad– he is a big dude and could have been better had he stayed consistent.

  51. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Odark, how does that help? Are you going to pay for my nfl network?

  52. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Im sorry, was it something I said that gave you the idea that I was trying to help you Titus?

  53. By Frederick Jones on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    FredDogg’s latest campaign:

    All I had to do was turn on the TV, and I immediately saw 4 or 5 shows about QBs!

    Hey, if I watched the game, I know what the guy did, tell me something I don’t know!

    Frederick has begun calling himself Dogg, or Hound or other derivatives because I know some will use the drivel that he is being negative.

    This is an issue I have been harping on for several years. I know you have to talk about the QB. But don’t obsess, give credit where credit is due. The O LINE deserves more credit than the QB.

    This old hound dog knows when to run and hide. It ain’t time yet!!!

  54. By Frederick Jones on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    This post will continue to be seen until someone “gets it” as they say.

  55. By Parody on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Titus – NFL Network is free now if you have the internet. Haven’t you heard?

  56. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Who is Fred Jones???? And why is that message being copied and pasted in every blog on this site?? Is Fred an ad-bot?

  57. By Parody on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Fred – I get it. Now stop!

  58. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Parody, do tell. I am on the Internet right now.

  59. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    I need to get into the game to will the Bears to win!!!

  60. By sandiamond on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    cobb – wright
    finley – rudolph
    crabtree – ellison
    not there yet

  61. By Spencer on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Titus- don’t you have Xfinity?

  62. By Parody on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Titus – I have told it as clear as day. Just look for the color in my comments, and you will see the light of freedom!

  63. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Wow Cutler is terrible…………………Chicago is terrible.

  64. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    The bears are WAAAAAAYYYYYY over rated this season. As are GB in my opinion.

  65. By Spencer on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Cutler isn’t terrible, he just doesn’t give an F.

  66. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Parody– that looks suspect. Seems like it came out of someone’s basement. Yeah, Spencer, but I don’t subscribe to that level–
    UGH– Looks like the game is over anyway.

  67. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    ok well cutlers fantasy points are -3.20 His numbers are terrible….Better?

  68. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    how mant turnovers is cutler gonna throw??

  69. By 61Vikings on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    The Packers look really good tonight, so the 49ers must be unbeatable and we get them after the Colts, which makes it of utmost importance to beat the Colts!!

  70. By Spencer on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Then im assuming you have the “Digital Startup” package which is $29.99/month..

    I have the “Digital Preferred” package for $39.99/month and it gives me NFL Network plus some other sports channels.

  71. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    I didnt think the Packers looked all that great either but I want to get a closer look at the numbers post game.

  72. By Spencer on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Its only Week 2, way to early to be calling teams overrated.

  73. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    dish channel 154… thats all I know…my GF ordered our dish package. Good girl…Love you honey

  74. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Not really…..would you say that in the NFL power rankings that the Vikings are currently under-rated?

  75. By 61Vikings on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Both of these QB’s have yelled at their teammates!! Why is Green Bay throwing the ball with a twenty point lead!! Arrogance will do this team in!!!

  76. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    @Spencer————-all I have heard on the networks all week was about the “high-powered Chicago Offense” ……..ummmmm says who?

  77. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Chicagos O-line looks terrible and GBs defense is not THAT good.

  78. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    And where the he[[ is Titus? He was talking pretty loud about how there was no way chicago was gonna lose this game………

  79. By Spencer on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Wow, maybe I should get Dish. I only get 160 channels for $39 with Xfinity, but with Dish they give you 250 channels for the same price.

  80. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, I just have Internet.

  81. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Oh, am I thirsty. Going to go grab a cold one– put a couple in the freezer. Hope they are icy cold.

  82. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    cold like your game predictions……………………

  83. By 61Vikings on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    @odark30
    Absolutely, we should have been above a lot of those teams that lost their first game, with the exception of the likes of the Packers,Giants and Steelers, but we should have been above the Bills,Seahawks and Chiefs!!!

  84. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Chiefs and Bills, no. Seahawks, maybe.

  85. By sandiamond on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    titus the bills are horrid

  86. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Dont worry by monday morning we will have made a huge jump in the rankings sitting in first place in the NFC North

  87. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Oh, this Perrier is going down so smoothly.

  88. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    cutler just threw another interception…………

  89. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    they recalled it….down by contact

  90. By Spencer on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve been trying to tell him that sandiamond.

  91. By RichardA1 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    J. Allen is going to lassoe those Colts,

  92. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    OKAY so all we need to do beat the tar out of the Colts and SF to beat the tar out of the Lions and we are sitting in first in our division. MMMMMMWWWWWAAAAAAHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHA
    BAAARRRROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  93. By Spencer on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Who cares about being first in the division after Week 3?

  94. By odark30 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Not you spencer……not you

  95. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    It is too soon to be at the top– now if this were week 12, then we’re talkin’!

  96. By H.M.G. on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Aweful

  97. By H.M.G. on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Terrrrrrrrribull…

  98. By H.M.G. on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    disgusting……..

  99. By H.M.G. on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    A few of the many words you can use to describe that game.

  100. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Bills will bounce back.

  101. By H.M.G. on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    A blind monkey could throw more accurately than Cutler. A guy with no hands could catch better than Marshall. A 5 babies could provide better protection then the Bears OLine.

  102. By H.M.G. on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA BEARS $UCK!

  103. By H.M.G. on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings will not finish last in the division.

  104. By Baba-Kluwe on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    If yelling at your Left Tackle Live on National Television doesn’t get him to play better, I don’t know what will. Cutler is a boob. Epic meltdown.

  105. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    One bad game means nothing. Do you think the Vikings will do any better at Green Bay? Green Bay is simply the best! NOT!

  106. By Baba-Kluwe on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    “It’s the battle of the Sh!tty O-Lines… and the Bears WIN!!!!!!!!!!! With The Packers coming in a very close 2nd. Great Johnny tell them what they’ve won!”

    “Chicago wins an injured QB in week 4 and Green Bay gets the consilation prize…. their QB gets injured in week 5. Thanks for playing!!!!”

    This Division is up for grabs. Fact.

  107. By H.M.G. on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    As for the topic: Plan as if your opponent is fielding the best team possible. If you think you can easily beat someone redouble your efforts. Never over look anyone or anything.

  108. By TylerC on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    u guys really dont think being on top of the division as young of a team we are won’t build up confidence to excell this season? that’s probley one of the most stupid and ignorant statements i’ve heard in a very long time. it doesnt matter what week it is it’s a huge confident boost and will only build on to the chemistry! tell ordark lol

  109. By sandiamond on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    Erin sure has progressed well key cog in Def

  110. By tomcat on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    it was encouraging to see weak spots on both bears @pack! skol!

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