Colts’ Freeney says ankle is ‘a lot better’

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Time for a Dwight Freeney ankle update. It’s already a major storyline of Super Bowl XLIV, and it likely will be right up until kickoff.

Freeney, who confirmed reports Tuesday he has a torn ligament in his right ankle, sounded like he was seeing improvement Wednesday.

“It’s a lot better. It’s day-to-day,” Freeney told reporters. “It’s hard for me to put percentages on it, of where exactly it is. It’s definitely getting there. The swelling has gone down a lot more.”

When a reporter noted that Freeney had the ankle wrapped (it’s in a compression sleeve) and had the ankle elevated, Freeney said he made the changes after he was surprised now long he was standing on it Tuesday. While Freeney did admit some frustration at the timing of the injury, he says he has no choice but to stay even-keeled. If he can’t go, the start likely goes to veteran DE Raheem Brock.

“He’s an accomplished veteran on our team,” Freeney said. “I think he’s very underrated, and he’s very versatile. He’s been a cornerstone of this defense for years. No matter what happens, I know we’ll be fine. I have complete confidence in Raheem Brock’s game.”

— Frank Tadych

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