Thursday, October 18, 2012
Will Freeney have an ankle issue all year?
By Paul Kuharsky
Dwight Freeney told Indianapolis media he’s definitely playing Sunday against Cleveland.
He had some good moments in the Packers game, but last week against the Jets it looked like the ankle that he injured in the Colts’ first game that forced him to sit out the team’s second and third games was hampering him.
He was asked if he was down to 70 percent by the end of the game in New York.
“With the high ankle (sprain), it just hangs around,” he said. “You don’t know when it’s going to get 100 percent. I don’t know if it ever is until maybe who knows, Week 12, 13, 14, whenever. You have to go out there and fight. That’s pretty much what I’ve been doing my whole career. Sometimes I’m not really 100 percent but I just have to get back out there because the team needs me.”
Freeney’s $14 million base salary this season is enormous, and even at his best it would have been hard for his production to match up with that pay.
“It’s hard to tell really -- he just hasn’t played many snaps at OLB,” Scouts Inc. Matt Williamson said. “They want him to be the Terrell Suggs role, but no way is he as stout at the point of attack as Suggs. Also, I see him as a player that is much better exploding upfield rather than moving side to side or in reverse, which he is now asked to do from time to time as a 3-4 OLB. He hasn’t done much with his snaps, but the jury is still out.”
However it comes out, it’s hard to envision the Colts and Freeney coming to terms on a contract beyond this one. It’ll be interesting to see what sort of market there is for him after this season and where he might land.