Freeney's ankle is big storyline of the week

MIAMI -- Colts fans are longing for the day not long ago when we debated the necessity of the Colts’ Pro Bowlers making an appearance at Sunday night’s game.

Instead, the week-long debate is on as to whether Dwight Freeney will be able to play, and if so how effectively, in Super Bowl XLIV a week from tonight.

John Clayton reported Freeney’s ankle injury was serious and he came to South Florida Friday to ramp up his intensive rehab. Adam Schefter followed that report with one saying that Freeney has torn ligaments. The latest is here.

The team classified him as questionable on Friday. Clayton is viewing him as doubtful.

The Colts would certainly miss Freeney’s threat off the edge. He’s got seven tackles and two pressures in Indianapolis’ two postseason games, but not a sack. Even without putting the quarterback on the ground, he influences what an offense can try to do. He was just named as a defensive end on the NFL’s All-Decade Team and is regarded by many as the best pass rusher in the league right now or even of his generation.

Raheem Brock, the Colts’ versatile third defensive end would be in line to start against the Saints if Freeney can’t go or get the additional snaps if Freeney is limited.

We’ll hit on this more soon, we promise.