Caldwell: Colts preparing as if Freeney will not play

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Coach Jim Caldwell was the first to speak at the Colts’ arrival news conference Monday. As expected, the first questions were about DE Dwight Freeney, who according to the Colts is nursing a grade-three sprain to his right ankle.

When asked if Freeney was wearing a walking boot, Caldwell wouldn’t elaborate on what kind of precautions the Pro Bowl lineman was taking this week. But Caldwell did say that because Freeney is unable to practice this week, the coach is taking the approach that his top defender will not play in the Super Bowl against the Saints. If Freeney does suit up Sunday, Caldwell would consider that a bonus.

“We’re preparing as if he’s not going to play, and if we get an opportunity to get him in there, we’ll do so,” Caldwell said.

Caldwell said Freeney arrived in South Florida last Friday to receive treatment and that he’s “healing.” Caldwell officially deemed Freeney day-to-day, but recognized that he’s a quick healer.

— Aron Angel

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