ìItís dispiriting, especially how it happened. Itís not like it happened in the first quarter, second quarter, something like that, it happened like with two minutes left in the fourth (quarter), trying to avoid a quarterback,î he said.
ìThe gameís over, and all of a sudden it gets rolled. Obviously, from that standpoint, itís very unfortunate. Iím working at it, and hopefully Iíll turn around and play well.îù
Freeney was reminded Tuesday of past Super Bowl performances by Los Angeles Rams defensive end Jack Youngblood (played with a broken leg) and Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens (ankle injury).
ìI hadnít really thought about that. I really just have been dealing with this thing literally day-to-day. I wake up every single morning thinking Iím healed. And then I wake up and take that first step. I have a little bit more work to do, and I really just try to stay positive. Thatís all I really can do, try to get back for my team and see what I can do,î he said.
ìI canít see myself on the sideline just watching my guys go out there and play. I think I have to think that way. I think that will help. Really, if I just canít run. If I canít run, then I canít play. If I know I can run, who knows. I might be able to wear a brace so I could be able to cut even more effectively.îù
If Freeney canít play against the Saints, Raheem Brock and Robert Mathis will be the Coltsí starting defensive ends. Mathis would most likely move over to play his spot.
ìOne guy goes down, another guy has to be prepared to play. Like Iíve always said, we have 53 guys on this roster and guys have to be ready no matter what happens. The craziest things can happen,î Freeney said.
ìI know we will be ready. I know we have a lot of veteran guys who have been here before, so we can help the new guys that have to step in. Weíll be all right.î