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Trainers initially wanted to put Freeney's foot in a walking boot, but he didn't wear it after the Colts' 30-17 victory. Freeney did not practice Wednesday, Thursday or Friday and has not been available to reporters since the game.
"Dwight is one of our best players, we know that," Colts quarterback Peyton Manning said Sunday night during the Pro Bowl. "But all season long Coach Caldwell has talked about picking up the bayonet. Someone's got to step up. If Dwight were not to be able to go that would be tough, but somebody else will step up and we'll feel confident in whoever that is."
On Monday, team president Bill Polian told radio listeners he expected Freeney to play in the Super Bowl. Coach Jim Caldwell didn't sound as optimistic early in the week, noting that starting cornerback Jerraud Powers was further along in his recovery from a foot injury than Freeney.
By Friday, Caldwell appeared to be on the same page with Polian.
"He's coming along well, he's getting better and we're hoping for the best," Caldwell said before Friday's practice.
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