Game Over for Colts Def. End Freeney?
Foot injury may be severe enough to end Pro Bowler's season
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2007 11:48 PM CST
Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney watches defensive drills during practice at the team's football training camp in Terre Haute, Ind., Tuesday, July 31, 2007. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Though swelling so far has hindered a definitive diagnosis, a source told ESPN yesterday that Pro Bowler Dwight Freeney's left foot might prove to have a Lisfranc injury, requiring season ending surgery.  The defensive end suggested following Sunday's loss that the damage might have been caused when a Chargers blocker stepped on his foot.

Though Colts president Bill Polian said Monday that Freeney was likely to be out only a matter of weeks, the team hedged their bets by acquiring DE Simeon Rice on waivers after he was released on Friday from the Broncos. Lisfranc injuries not requiring surgery can still lead to months of rehab and would also put this season in jeopardy for him, but under either scenario Freeney's chances of returning in 2008 appear favorable.