Thursday, September 26, 2013
Freeman proving he's not a one-hit wonder
By Mike Wells
INDIANAPOLIS – Linebacker Jerrell Freeman went from being a former Canadian Football League player to setting an Indianapolis Colts franchise record for tackles last season.
And Freeman has gotten off to a strong start this season, proving it wasn’t a fluke. He is tied for ninth in the league in sacks with three and tied for 13th in tackles with 26.
“He’s a good athlete,” coach Chuck Pagano said about Freeman. “He studies the game, he works hard, he can run. He’s got intangibles. The guy’s got instincts. Again, he knows what’s coming before it comes.”
Getting strip-sacks has been a staple of Freeman’s already this season. He had one against Miami’s Ryan Tannehill in Week 2. Then he had one in the in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Freeman sacked and stripped the ball from 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick at San Francisco’s 8-yard line. The Colts scored three plays later to take a 27-7 lead.
“It’s just making the most of an opportunity,” Freeman said. “Guys up front, my linebackers blitzing in and doing their thing. They’re doing all that work, the least I can do is make a play when I get the opportunity. It’s just the opportunity presented itself and I’m making the play.”
Running back Ahmad Bradshaw’s status for Sunday’s game against Jacksonville is in question after he missed his second straight day of practice with a neck injury. If Bradshaw can’t go, Trent Richardson would step into the starting lineup. So Colts would still be in good hands in the backfield if Bradshaw can't play.
Don’t be surprised if safety LaRon Landry misses his second straight game with an ankle injury. He slowly made his way around the locker room wearing a brace on his left ankle during the media session. Delano Howell will continue to start there if Landry sits out.