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Then again, maybe it was all a ruse, designed to make everyone believe he's not playing.
The Saints aren't taking any chances.
"Obviously, we would love for him not to play in the game," New Orleans running back Reggie Bush said. "But we have to prepare like he's playing in the game. We're going to continue to chip block. We're going to continue to do whatever we can to keep the pressure off (quarterback Drew Brees). That's not a secret."
Freeney plans to test out his ankle during Friday's practice, then see how it feels the following day.
Giving a glimpse into the seriousness of his injury, he conceded that his ankle looked downright nasty the day after he was hurt.
"I didn't even recognize my ankle," he said. "It was huge. It was like a softball."
Freeney provided another possible clue when asked to assess his chances of playing.
"I'm not going to say it's set in stone," he said. "Miracles do happen."
Hmmm, did he say it would take a miracle to play? That doesn't sound too promising. And when he said the Colts would be able to manage without him, that set off another red flag.
"We're kind of built for the next man up," Freeney said. "We'll be fine if I'm not out there."
That's a pretty strong clue.
Or was it?
"My ankle is getting better," he insisted. "As long as it's moving in the right direction, that's all I can ask for."
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