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Posted Dec 20, 2012

Linebacker Jerrell Freeman injured a thumb last week at Houston. The club’s leading tackler aims to play on Sunday at Kansas City.

INDIANAPOLIS – On the Colts’ first full day of practice for the Kansas City game, linebacker Jerrell Freeman was a non-participant.

 

Freeman injured a thumb early in the game last Sunday at Houston, and he played all 69 defensive snaps.

 

On Thursday, he was back in full mode at practice.

 

“I just injured my hand a little bit.  I don’t exactly know the specifics on it,” said Freeman.  “It happened in the first quarter the last game.  I’m going to do everything I can to be on that field.” 

 

The first-year pro who played three seasons in the Canadian Football League tops the Colts with 177 tackles.  He was the team leader in stops in his first seven games, and he has done so in the last five outings.

 

One of only two defenders with 16 starts, Freeman has been an ironman in missing only 14 defensive snaps all season.  He has been a 100 percent participant in seven games in addition to last Sunday, and that is his goal as Indianapolis aims to nail down a playoff berth with a win or tie at Kansas City.

 

“I’m going to try and do the same (play every snap) this coming week,” said Freeman.

 

Freeman’s availability is necessary with Kavell Conner (hamstring) being out for a second straight week.  Pat Angerer took 50 defensive snaps in Conner’s absence last week, his highest total of the season.

 

Angerer broke a foot in the first preseason game and has been gutting his way through a difficult year.  He missed the first five games and had not taken as many as 30 snaps in any game prior to last week.  The only other interior linebackers on roster are Moise Fokou and Mario Harvey

 

“We just have to make sure that Moise (Fokou) is in there and he’s ready to roll.  It’s next man up, we’ve always said that from the beginning.  We’ll continue with that,” said defensive coordinator Greg Manusky.  “We kind of (worked Pat) in a little bit early on, got him a couple of plays.  I think (the) first game it was 15 plays, and we kept bumping up the snaps.  Now he’s playing full time, and he’s doing a good job.”

 

Angerer, with 75 and 146 stops in his first two seasons, always has been a game-time performer. 

 

“Yeah, I’ll be ready to go,” said Angerer.  “On game days, you just play.  Then you wake up the next morning and then you feel it.  You don’t feel it too bad on game days.

 

“Unfortunately with Kavell (Conner) going down, I have to play more.  It’s (his playing time) been increasing and I’m feeling fine.”

 

 

PRO BOWL VOTING – With the Pro Bowl teams being named on Wednesday, December 26 at 7:00 p.m. (ET) on the NFL Network, voting by fans has been concluded.  Andrew Luck finished third among AFC quarterbacks with 406,514 votes, trailing Peyton Manning (993,045) and Tom Brady (908,099) and ahead of Matt Schaub (344,529) and Ben Roethlisberger (334,908).  Four quarterbacks are chosen for the Pro Bowl.  Dwayne Allen was fourth among fullbacks with 101,561 votes, trailing Vonta Leach (190,978), James Casey (154,979) and Marcel Reece (123,934).  Two fullbacks are chosen.  Reggie Wayne was second among wide receivers with 526,044 votes, trailing A.J. Green (676,607) and ahead of Wes Welker (448,718) and Demaryius Thomas (432,315).  Four receivers are chosen.  The squads are based on the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches.  Each group’s vote counts one-third in determining the rosters.  Players and coaches are scheduled to vote this week.  The 2013 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 27 at 7:00 p.m. (ET) in Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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