ESPN is reporting tonight that an anonymous source says that Dwight Freeney might be out for the season. This is very bad and very predictable news. The dreaded Lisfranc injury was the first thing that popped into our minds when we saw Freeney's foot wrapped.
What if I had told you last January that the Colts would play much of 2007 without Marvin Harrison, Dwight Freeney, Nick Harper, Jason David, Cato June, Dominic Rhodes, Booger McFarland, Rob Morris, Tarik Glenn, and their first and second round draft picks?
Your response would have fallen into one of two categories:
1.) Does Bob Sanders play the whole season? Yeah? Oh, then we'll be fine.
2.) Awesome! We're getting the #1 pick in the 2008 draft.
Let's hope Freeney is fine and just needs to rest his foot for a month or two. He was great at San Diego and in my opinion he is worth every cent for his ability to collapse the pocket. This wouldn't spell the end of the season, but it sure feels that way.
I feel like I owe you some good news. The Colts are 15 point favorites over Kansas City at home on Sunday. Larry Johnson has been ruled out. Also, Brodie Croyle will be the starting quarterback. The fans of Indianapolis will be angry and the team will be out for blood. At this point I think it is best to take the Jim Mora Sr. approach and not worry about the playoffs. We're just trying to win a game.
DZ Comments: We are going to try and do 18 Plays tonight, so look for it tomorrow. In the meantime, read Dr. Z saying that Sunday night was one of Manning's finest hours. It's amazing how many great games he's lost on missed field goals. Sunday night he played awful for about a half and amazing for about a half. Still, you had to feel like we had a chance. With most teams, you turn off the TV down 23; with Manning at QB, you keep watching, because even though they might not win, you know it'll be close.
As far as the injuries go, we can only hope that an easier 2nd half schedule will give the Colts time to recover. Otherwise, it's 1996 all over again.