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Injury updates: Colts standout Dwight Freeney will not play versus Vikings

Posted by: under Injury report, Vikings, Bears, Leslie Frazier, Vikings offense, Adrian Peterson, John Sullivan, Leslie Frazier Updated: September 14, 2012 - 2:02 PM

The Vikings offense is sure catching some big breaks early in the season. Last week, the Vikings had a chance to face a Jaguars defense that was without top linebacker Daryl Smith and established cornerback Derek Cox. Today, the Vikings have received word that Colts rush linebacker Dwight Freeney won't play in Sunday's Week 2 game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Freeney suffered a high ankle sprain early in last weekend's 41-21 loss in Chicago and did not practice this week.

That will leave the Colts short-handed again, a week after giving up 428 total yards to the Bears. Earlier this week, Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano said that Jerry Hughes, Mario Addison and Justin Hickman would all be Plan B options at outside linebacker if Freeney couldn't play.

Said Vikings coach Leslie Frazier after Friday's practice: "Dwight Freeney has been a special player in our league for a long time ... So we'll adjust accordingly."

The Vikings have few injury worries at this stage. Only two players are listed on the official injury report as questionable. Linebacker Marvin Mitchell and receiver Jarius Wright are both still working back from ankle injuries they suffered in the preseason finale two weeks ago in Houston.

Probable for the Vikings this week are center John Sullivan (ankle), running back Adrian Peterson (knee), cornerback Chris Cook (biceps), cornerback Josh Robinson (hip), tight end Rhett Ellison (ankle) and safety Andrew Sendejo (ankle).

On the Colts injury report guard Joe Reitz (knee) and linebacker Pat Angerer (foot) are listed as out. Receiver Austin Collie (head) is doubtful. Receiver T.Y. Hilton (shoulder) is questionable. Offensive tackle Winston Justice (concussion) is probable.

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