Freeney optimistic, Manning most wanted

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney says he hopes to play in the Super Bowl despite a torn ligament in his right ankle suffered during the AFC championship game. The All-Pro also says it's "very discouraging" not to be able to practice for Sunday's NFL title game against the New Orleans Saints.

Freeney says he's enlisted the help of chiropractors, slept in an oxygen chamber, used ice, regular therapy and anything else team doctors prescribed to help speed up the healing process.

He's the only starter on either team who might miss the Super Bowl because of injury.

It will come as no surprise to learn that Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning was the star attraction at Super Bowl media day. The four-time MVP was surrounded by as many as 100 reporters, photographers and cameramen throughout his hour-long session at a podium.

Manning says the Colts will try to establish their ground game Sunday, even though they ranked last in the NFL in rushing yards during the regular season. Manning says he doesn't think the Colts "can just drop back and pass on every single play."

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