Colts linebacker Dwight Freeney hasn't played a full game in the 2012 regular season and he's hoping that will happen on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. Freeney injured his ankle in the Colts week one loss to Chicago and hasn't been seen at practice until this week. The Colts veteran was a full participant in practice on Wednesday and Thursday but is still working on testing out his injury.
"It’s getting there. It’s not there yet. With those type of injuries, they kind of linger, having a high ankle. I just go out, test it every day and be very optimistic that it’s going to be fine.”
"You can’t put into words what he means to our defense and to have him out there I think just uplifted everybody. To see what he’s going to do on Sunday would be fantastic,” said Interim Head Coach Bruce Arians.
Freeney isn't the only defensive weapon that may return on Sunday. Middle Linebacker Pat Angerer is on track to see his first action of the regular season after breaking his foot in the preseason.
"It’s one of those things that as a player and as a competitor you want to go, but you have to think about the team first. If I’m out there slow then I don’t want to hurt the team. Obviously, I want to be out there and I want to play. No matter how long they have me on the field, I just can’t wait to get out there,” said Angerer.
Angerer was limited in practice on Wednesday but did participate on Thursday.
Whether Angerer gets on the field on Sunday is still to be seen but Arians does want to make sure the 12th man is involved. The Colts interim head coach has a special request for Colts nation.
“This is a very special week for a lot of reasons. Having been against the Packers, I know how their fans travel and in no way can they come into Lucas Oil this week and take over our stadium. I’m challenging our fans, especially this week, because it’s kind of a unique, special thing. That cannot happen. They need to be at an all-time high for Chuck and for the team. We cannot allow the cheese heads to come in here and take over. I saw it happen in 1999 in the playoff game when the Tennessee Titans came in here and we had to use the silent count for Jevon Kearse and Kevin Carter. We can’t let that happen.”