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Updated: September 12th, 2012 4:05pm
High ankle sprain could sideline Colts' Dwight Freeney vs. Vikings

High ankle sprain could sideline Colts' Dwight Freeney vs. Vikings

by Judd Zulgad
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Indianapols Colts linebacker Dwight Freeney did not practice Wednesday because of a high left ankle sprain and it appears there is a good chance he won't play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Colts are saying that Freeney is "day-to-day" but one report Wednesday indicated he could be out for two weeks.

Freeney, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, left last Sunday's loss in Chicago in the first quarter after injuring his ankle and did not return. Freeney moved from defensive end to outside linebacker this season as the Colts switched from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense.

Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Wednesdy that wide receiver Austin Collie, who suffered a concussion on Aug. 19 at Pittsburgh, has been cleared by team doctors to play against the Vikings.

Pagano also is hoping right tackle Winston Justice (concussion) can play Sunday.

Backup linebacker Pat Angerer (foot) and left guard Joe Reitz (knee) joined Freeney in sitting out Wednesday's practice.

The Vikings, meanwhile, were not missing any players for Wednesday's practice but they did have six limited because of injuries.

That list included cornerback Chris Cook (biceps), linebacker Marvin Mitchell, safety Andrew Sendejo, center John Sullivan, wide receiver Jarius Wright and tight end Rhett Ellison. The last five are all dealing with ankle injuries.

Mitchell, Sendejo and Wright did not play in Sunday's opener against Jacksonville.

"We'll have to see how they do in today's practice and then we'll make a judgment as the week goes on," Frazier said when asked about the trio. "But the fact they can participate today is a good thing."

Running back Adrian Peterson (knee) and cornerback Josh Robinson (hip) also were on the injury report but did not miss any practice time.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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