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Indianapolis Colts 2010 Training Camp: Dwight Freeney’s Ankle Okay in Practice

Dwight Freeney earned respect from his teammates when he played hard in practice. He injured his ankle in the AFC Championship game against the New York Jets, having a third-degree ligament tear in his ankle. But he was able to play in the Super Bowl against the New Orleans Saints, and even managed to get a sack on star-quarterback, Drew Brees.

“I was very impressed,” Pro-Bowl defensive end Robert Mathis said. “I came to him in the locker room after the game and showed him some love for gutting it out. That was a serious setback, and he just gutted his way through. He got some points for that one.”

Freeney is now in camp and has declared that he is fully-healthy and ready for the 2010-11 season. It looks like he is in for a great season. He said he hasn’t had any problems, and that is a very good sign for the team.

“I feel pretty good,” he said. “I’m out there, I’m working.”

Freeney showed a lot of heart and dedication on Super Bowl day, although the ankle badly bothered him. Robert Mathis thinks he showed courage.

“When you watched him and looked at him, you pretty much didn’t have any doubt because with his preparation and the way he was intent on playing, he was going to play,” he said. “It was just a matter of how much.”

It seemed after the disappointing loss to the Saints, Freeney would have surgery but he chose not too. Instead, he decided to go into rehabilitation. The rehab was very intense, according to the Associated Press.

“That was a long process,” he said. “Pretty much, I took 17 hours a day rehabbing the injury. We did a lot of stuff, from oxygen chambers, eating right, chiropractic stuff, acupuncture, and I got it back right.”

Freeney is coming off a season of nearly 14 sacks. Mathis and head coach Jim Caldwell say that Freeney is working very well and could go into much better shape and have more dominance coming into the 2010 season. Freeney tried things out in the situational practice and he did well.

“Just going out there and hitting and getting back at it, this is definitely business as usual,” he said.

Many shouldn’t be worried about Freeney, however. Just ask middle linebacker, Gary Brackett.

“Dwight is a guy who has been around the block a few times, so he knows what he needs to do to get his body in shape and ready to go for the regular season,” Brackett said.

Mathis also isn’t worried.

“You’ve got to account for 93,” he said. “That’s just the bottom line, no matter how you cut it. I enjoy playing next to him, and let’s keep bringing the heat.”

Don’t worry folks. Freeney is going to be back and hopefully better than ever in 2010!

Blurbs

The Colts’ linebacking corps are working very well with each other and could be in for a very solid year….Retired offensive lineman coach, Howard Mudd, visited the Colts today….Peyton Manning is getting better and better in training camp practices every day, according to Colts.com….It’s going to be a very nice, healthy wide receiver position battle in Indy between Pierre Garcon, Anthony Gonzalez, and Austin Collie.


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