Even though Freeney's been listed as probable, he seems less that optimistic about his health. The Colts average only a little more than two sacks per game without him, against crummy O-lines - Chicago, Jacksonville, and Minnesota average 3.25, 3, and 2 sacks allowed per game, respectively - and Green Bay's O-line is porous at best. So, why is Freeney so tentative to start? His quote from yesterday, according to Craig Kelley for Colts.com:
“It’s real tough. I can’t stand it,” said Freeney. “That’s why sometimes you see me if it’s a three-week injury, I’m back after one week. The sideline I can never get used to."
So in other words, Freeney wants to play, he's been cleared to play, he's practicing with the team ... and he seems totally uninterested in coming back this week. Every statement he puts out is to the tone of "Well, I really want to go and I've been working tirelessly - and hey, I'm probable - but honestly, don't expect to see me on Sunday." Maybe Freeney's trying to downplay his comeback, so more attention can be given to the Colt's Chuckstrong campaign; still, positive enthusiasm could be exactly what the Colts and their fans need this week.