"The doctors have said that I've healed completely," Freeney said early this week, via ESPN.com. "So now it's all about getting my strength back."
"It just tells us that it's a young man's game," Freeney explained. "We all understand it. We all get it. We might not like it, but that's what it is ... But we still have value. For teams that want to win now, that's what's happening."
Although he turned 34 in February, there's good reason to believe Freeney has plenty of gas left in the tank. Before the quad injury, he put a clown suit on Texans All-Pro left tackle Duane Brown in the season opener.
Freeney's return combined with 2012 first-round edge rusher Melvin Ingram's surprisingly effective play down the stretch gives John Pagano's defense a couple of disruptive forces it lacked for the majority of last season.