Colts' Dwight Freeney out, Austin Collie doubtful vs. healthy Vikings
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- For the second consecutive week, the Minnesota Vikings' young offense has caught a break on their opponent's injury front.
The Indianapolis Colts on Friday ruled out pass rusher Dwight Freeney for Sunday's game against the Vikings because of an ankle injury.
This, one week after Jacksonville played without linebacker Daryl Smith, as well as starting cornerback Derek Cox.
Freeney, 32, has 102½ career sacks, including 8½ last season. He is one of the starting outside linebackers as the Colts shift to a 3-4 scheme and remains an important part of the defense.
The Colts' offense also is banged up. They ruled out left guard Joe Reitz (knee) and listed starting receiver Austin Collie (concussion) as doubtful.
Linebacker Pat Angerer (foot) also is out for the Colts. Receiver T.Y. Hilton (shoulder) is questionable. Right tackle Winston Justice (head) is probable.
The Vikings, meanwhile, continue to be remarkably healthy.
Center John Sullivan (ankle) returned to practice on a limited basis on Friday and was listed as probable on the injury report.
Cornerback Antoine Winfield, who was absent on Thursday to attend his brother's funeral, also returned to practice.
Other players listed as probable were: cornerbacks Chris Cook (biceps) and Josh Robinson (hip), safety Andrew Sendejo (ankle), Sullivan, tight end Rhett Ellison (ankle) and halfback Adrian Peterson (knee), who was a full participant in practice all week.