Freeney has been known to be a quick healer. He suffered a strained groin earlier this year and was thought to be sidelined for several weeks. But he returned to the starting lineup much sooner than anybody anticipated.
But an ankle injury is much different. A speed pass rusher who may be the quickest defensive end in the NFL off the line of scrimmage, being able to move off the line of scrimmage in a hurry is his best weapon in his arsenal of moves.
Itís still not known if any attempt at playing this week could further damage the ankle. That fact alone could be the deciding factor as to whether Freeney gets in the game at all or winds up watching from the sidelines.
ìYou always factor that in, you never really know. Like I said, it is early to where as though I donít know exactly whatís going to happen. Obviously, the competitor in me says, ìNothingís going to stop me from going on that field.î That being said, you donít know how itís (the ankle) going to be come game time. Iím going to let the coaching staff and everybody collectively come up with that decision,î he said.
ìThere is some pain there. As you know, itís a torn ligament. So thereís definitely going to be pain there. Iím just going to deal with it, just trying to get the swelling down, and just trying to get back to what I do.î
Pulling out all stops ó Freeney is known around the league for the different training techniques that he employs during the offseason and whenever he incurs an injury.
So it shouldnít be too surprising that heís doing the same thing this week. With only one game left remaining in the 2009 season, and being that it is the Super Bowl, any kind of treatment that has even the slightest chance of working is going to be used.