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Dave Goldberg
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Dave Goldberg

Covered the NFL for the AP for 25 years and now is a senior NFL writer for Fanhouse.com

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Dwight Freeney was limping at media day on Tuesday. And calling himself "day to day,'' which as a friend pointed out to me years ago is true of all of us.

Will he play Sunday in the Super Bowl? I think he will try _ he's one of those guys who ALWAYS wants to play and could be used to go after Drew Brees in obvious passing situations. But most of the time We'll see Raheem Brock, a solid player without Freeney's sizzle' and Eric Foster, a second-year guy who's been an undersized (260 pounds or so) pass rusher sometimes used inside to use his speed against bigger offensive linemen.

Should Freeney try to play? Why not?

I'm not a doctor. But I've been told by people who know more about these things than I do that what he has is simply a serious sprained ankle and that he's no more likely to make it worse. In any case, he has an entire offseason to recover.

Yes, I know that. ESPN, as it is wont to do, has been "breaking'' the news that he has ligament damage. That, says my informant, is the case with all sprained ankles. This one is more severe than most -- although, presumably, not as severe as the newly minted "high'' ankle sprain, which has been known to sideline players longer than if the ankle were broken.

If this was a regular season game, maybe Freeney would sit out. It's the Super Bowl. He won't.

By Dave Goldberg  |  February 3, 2010; 6:01 AM ET  | Category:  Medical Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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