DE-DWIGHT FREENEY (on how the rehabilitation is going) * *
"Rehab is going good. They say I'm on track. It's a process. It's just one of those things where it's like you have to understand every week is a new week. Just because it hurts on Tuesday doesn't mean it's going to hurt on Thursday. It's going good."
DE-DWIGHT FREENEY (on what his rehabilitation consists of)
"I run around three times a week now, a lot of straight-ahead running just trying to get my form back. Sitting around not doing anything for a while, therefore it gets tight."
DE-DWIGHT FREENEY (on when he hopes to be back)
"I'm sure I'll be back for the preseason. Now how much work, I don't know. They may hold me out for once a week, twice a week, I don't know. But I'll be out there."
DE-DWIGHT FREENEY (on the difference in offseasons, winning the Super Bowl in 2006 and this last offseason not, and with the injury)
"We're doing victory tours, this, that, this place, this restaurant. I think I might have had a little scope done, but it wasn't anything major. Now it's pretty much I'm here, rehabbing pretty much every single day. I have to get my foot back. I have to get back right."
DE-DWIGHT FREENEY (on focusing on getting back and having his whole body ready for another season)
"I want to be back better than I was last year going into it, if it's possible. I just want to make sure I work on, not only on my foot, but other things, too. The thing is, everything else got to rest up since November. I had other little nicks and whatever which would probably still be lingering or just ending now if I would have played until February or January, but I haven't played since November. So everything else is good, I just have to get the foot right and get everything else right."
DE-DWIGHT FREENEY (on the mental challenge coming off a surgery)
"I'm going to go out there and do what I do. It is a challenge because I'm not used to, 'Alright, Dwight, you have to take your time. You're not going to be 100 percent as soon as you get back out there.' If I'm running on the field, it's like, 'I'm ready to go now. I'm ready to cut now. I'm ready to do this bag drill now,' and they have to hold me back. It's different from that perspective, but as from a mind state of me doing the spin move and things like that, when I'm ready to go, I'm ready to go. There's no holding back."
DE-DWIGHT FREENEY (on if there is any doubt he will be the player he was when he comes back)
"Oh, no. You can't let that thing sink in. It's a mental thing, too. It's not only physical, it's mental, so you have to really believe that you're going to be back 110 percent and better than you were before."
DE-DWIGHT FREENEY (on if he has learned anything during this)