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Colts preparing for life without Freeney

Indy practicing as if Pro Bowl defensive end won’t be available for Sunday’s Super Bowl. Joe Fortenbaugh

Print This February 01, 2010, 07:54 PM EST

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla-Just because Pro Bowl defensive end Dwight Freeney has been unable to practice with the Colts doesn’t mean the team won’t conduct business as usual.

Freeney, who is currently nursing a third-degree sprain of his right ankle, has been in South Florida receiving treatment in the hope that he can get onto the field and make an impact in Super Bowl XLIV.

And while the Colts would love to have him for Sunday’s showdown against the New Orleans Saints, the team will likely adhere to the old saying, “plan for the worst, hope for the best.”

“If he can’t go, it’s the old mantra we’ve said time and time again. The next man is up,” Indianapolis head coach Jim Caldwell told reporters at a press conference Monday evening.

The 29-year old Freeney recorded 13.5 sacks in 14 games for the Colts this season. In his last 29 games, the All-Pro defensive end has racked up 24 sacks.

If Freeney is unable to go on Sunday, the Colts will turn to 31-year-old Raheem Brock.

An eight-year veteran out of Temple, Brock has amassed seven sacks in his last 32 games.

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