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Former Bear gets shot with Colts

MIAMI -- Indianapolis Colts defensive end Ervin Baldwin will be the only ex-Chicago Bears player active during Sunday's Super Bowl at Sun Life Stadium. And he might have to play a significant role.

"I'll be playing special teams, maybe some defense, too," Baldwin said Tuesday. "I've been working with the defense, so we'll see how it goes. But I'll be playing right wing back for kickoff return, tackle, and I'll line up on the kickoff team."

And Baldwin could see significant time if All-Pro defensive end Dwight Freeney, listed as questionable with an ankle injury, can't play or is limited.

Not bad for a former 2008 seventh-round pick.

Baldwin spent 1 1/2 seasons with the Bears before signing with the Colts and being elevated to the active roster on Dec. 2. Although the Michigan State product has fond memories of his time in Chicago, he is certainly excited about his future in Indianapolis.

"It's so much fun here, guys are loose and having fun," Baldwin said Tuesday. "To work with two Pro Bowlers [Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis] on the defensive line, it's a blessing. I learned so much from those guys, just being around those guys every day, helping me learn the ins and out of playing defensive end. Same thing with Raheem Brock, we call those guys the big three. It's just been so fun."

"He's [Baldwin] been doing really well," fellow Indianapolis defensive end Brock said. "He picked up things right away when he got here. You know, we like to get to the quarterback, and he's been making some plays for us. He did a great job when the starters didn't play in those final few games. He has a lot of ability to get a whole lot better. He'll be looking pretty good next year I think."

Baldwin recorded seven tackles in the Colts' final regular season versus Buffalo, but was inactive for playoff wins against Baltimore and New York.