Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
Take Dwight Freeney out of the Colts lineup, and Indianapolis is obviously not as good. His four sacks are third in the league. He’s a pass rusher who keeps blockers and quarterbacks on edge.
He told reporters he “felt something pop” in his right quad during Sunday night’s win in Arizona.
Jim Caldwell gave the standard Monday response when asked about the injury during his Monday press conference:
“I know Dwight has spoken to a couple of you and expressed he had an injury in a particular area. We are going to reserve comments until after the MRI, which he had this morning. The results should come back a little later on.”
Freeney missed seven games after suffering a foot injury in 2007, but the team won six games in a row without him before a meaningless regular season finale. The Colts lost their first playoff game to San Diego.
He’s had double-digit sacks in five of his seven seasons, with only 3.5 in the injury year and 5.5 in 2006, when the Colts won the Super Bowl.
If he’s out, Indianapolis wouldn’t wave a white flag. They’d proceed as they have without many injured guys, with a next man up approach.
They’d turn to Raheem Brock, their high-quality third end and ask for more from Keyunta Dawson. He played tackle last year but was shifted to end this year as the Colts beefed up inside after bringing back Ed Johnson and drafting Fili Moala.