As if the Pro Bowl wasn’t lame enough (pun intended), Dwight Freeney’s injury was a cause for concern for the Colts as the injury was updated from a ankle sprain to a third degree basketball ankle sprain. What that means is that there is a ligament tear in Dwight’s ankle that could possibly eliminate him from the field of play Super Sunday.
When ESPN’s injury analyst was asked to explain the severity of the third degree ankle sprain, she stated that a third degree ankle sprain, which is a severe ligament tear, could potentially be worse than a fracture because of the swelling that comes with it. Not only could this injury keep Freeney out of the game, even if he does play it is highly unlikely Freeney will be able to speed rush and utilize his highly effective spin move.
With that said, going into the Super Bowl, the Saints were going to have to deal with choosing to double team Dwight Freeney or Robert Mathis. With Freeney out or not one hundred percent, the Saints can choose to double Mathis and alleviate pressure on Drew Brees. Without a consistent pass rush, the Colts average secondary could get roasted by a high-powered Saints offense. Not only that, Freeney plays a part in helping to stop the run game. I say Bush, Thomas, and even Bell are going to have a field day next Sunday.
Logic: As Chis Berman said today, everyone bring your abacus! No matter what both teams are going to put up points. However, with Freeney out or not one hundred percent, Drew Brees is gonna be so hot he might even burn down Lebron’s house (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2wsDbO-35s).
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