Colts' Freeney misses third straight practice, listed as questionable

Colts star defensive end Dwight Freeney missed his third straight day of practice Friday and is listed as questionable to play against the New Orleans Saints in Sunday's Super Bowl.

If that wasn't bad enough for the Colts, Reggie Wayne gave the team quite a scare Friday when he pulled up short on a pass route. He left practice 20 minutes early after aggravating an injured right knee.

Coach Jim Caldwell said Wayne hurt the soft tissue below his kneecap. Wayne is listed as probable and Caldwell plans on him playing against New Orleans. Wayne got through the injury most of the season.

Caldwell said Freeney might do some running or participate in a simulated practice later in the day. Freeney hopes to work out Saturday.

Earlier Friday, Caldwell said Freeney's recovery was "trending in the right direction," a message he reiterated after the workout at the Miami Dolphins' team complex.

"This is right in line with our plans," Caldwell said. "He's making very good progress."

Freeney has been receiving treatment several times daily since arriving in South Florida last week, trying to speed up the recovery after tearing a ligament in his right ankle during the Colts' AFC title game victory over the New York Jets.

The Colts got good news on two other starters.

Left guard Ryan Lilja returned to practice after missing Thursday's workout with a sore back. He is listed as probable.

Starting cornerback Jerraud Powers practiced for the first time since hurting his left foot against Baltimore on Jan. 16. Before practice, Caldwell announced that Powers had undergone surgery to repair a fracture. He also is questionable for the Saints game.

Indy has one more workout scheduled, a 40-minute walkthrough Saturday at noon, and Caldwell liked what he saw.

"These practices were right in line with what we've done all year, and we're pleased," he said. "Things have worked out great for us here."

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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