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2012 NFL Week 2: Colts To Be Without Dwight Freeney, Austin Collie On Sunday Versus Vikings

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Things are continuing to get worse Indianapolis Colts with their injuries, as it Pro Football Talk confirms that outside linebacker Dwight Freeney and wide receiver Austin Collie will be out for Sunday’s home-opener against the Minnesota Vikings.

Collie missed the Week 1 season-opener against the Chicago Bears, where Indianapolis got destroyed in a 41-21 defeat. Freeney was only able to play a few minutes in the first quarter before leaving permanently for the rest of the game with an ankle sprain.

Collie, however, could still be possible as he is currently listed as “doubtful” for the game, according to head coach Chuck Pagano. Collie was cleared to practice until Thursday when he “wasn’t feeling 100-percent” along with being held out of the practice.

For Freeney, it’d be safe if he sat out. The Colts did fine in the pass-rushing category last Sunday without the veteran with guys like Robert Mathis leading the way. As for Collie, there is cause for concern. He’s sat out two straight days, so it seems unlikely. Along with his history of concussions, it’s a safe bet that he will not play at all.

We’ll see how the Colts can perform this Sunday, but the real eyes will be set on quarterback Andrew Luck if he can improve. It’s all down to the offensive line to see if they can protect Luck enough for a solid performance.

 

Josh Dhani is a Featured Columnist for Rant Sports. You can also see him at his website, FootBasket. You can read more about him here. Follow him on Twitter @JoshDhani.