Freeney confirms injured ankle has torn ligament

MIAMI — Colts DE Dwight Freeney confirmed a report by NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora that he has a torn ligament in his right ankle, an injury that could keep him out of Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Freeney is officially listed as questionable on the Colts’ injury report. The team insists the ankle is sprained. Coach Jim Caldwell reiterated the team’s position Monday, saying Freeney has a third-degree, low-ankle sprain and is improving.

“It’s a torn ligament in the outside part of my ankle,” said Freeney, who walked up to his podium Tuesday morning at Media Day with a limp. He was wearing flip flops and his ankle was noticeably swollen. He said the swelling is down from what it looked like last week when “it was swollen the size of a baseball.”

“The ankle is pretty much day-to-day,” Freeney said, admitting that he’s still in a lot of pain. “Hopefully towards the end of the week, it starts to get better. You know, it still has a bit of swelling left, so we’ll try to get it out.”

Freeney said he’s not counting himself out of Sunday’s game, but if he does play, “it’s going to be a decision, really by the coaching staff, come Friday, maybe Saturday, how much time I’m actually going to play.

“Obviously, the competitor in me says, ‘Ain’t nothing going to stop me from being out on that field,’ but, that being said, you don’t know where it’s going to be come game time, so I’m going to let the coaching staff and everybody collectively come up with it.”

Colts DE Robert Mathis told La Canfora on Monday that he believes Freeney will play, saying, “Nothing is gonna keep him out of this game.”

The Colts, meanwhile, are preparing as if they won’t have their star defender.

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