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Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney has been placed on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the season. Freeney had been struggling with an injured left foot which he hurt in Sunday’s loss against the Chargers.
In Freeney the Colts had the highest paid defensive player in the NFL and one of the most unblockable DEs in the league.
My Take: It seems Christmas has come a little early to Foxborough. The loss of Freeney cannot be understated for the Colts. Not only are they in the midst of a two game losing streak, not only are they banged up in their receiving corps, but now their best defensive player is done for the year.
Freeney is a pass-rushing beast who gives problems to even the most quick-footed tackles. Matt Light kept him in check a few weeks ago but Freeney still got to Brady a few times. Robert Mathis has excelled at the other defensive end largely in part because Freeney demanded more double teams. The Colts were hurting already and the loss of Freeney just takes one more road block out of the way for the Patriots.
It’s very likely that with all of the injuries, the Colts will lose at least one or two more games. Barring a Brady injury, the Patriots should now have clear sailing to the No. 1 seed in the AFC, and a date with destiny in Glendale, Arizona for the Super Bowl in February.