The clear answer is yes.
Although the Colts offered no official updates on Freeney, who suffered an ankle injury in the AFC Championship Game, several players and coaches said Freeney will play, and none said they think he'll sit out the Super Bowl.
The more media-savvy veteran players know the tight-lipped routine on injuries and would go only so far as to say they "expect" Freeney to play, or that he's a "fast healer" and a "gamer" -- words echoed by Colts head coach Jim Caldwell. But a quick survey of backup Colts defensive linemen revealed that they all say he will play.
When I asked Colts reserve defensive end Ervin Baldwin if Freeney will play on Sunday, he was emphatic.
"Yes," Baldwin said. "No doubt."
"Hopefully toward the end of the week it starts to get better. It still has a little bit of swelling left, trying to get out," Freeney said. "That's going to be a decision that's going to be later on in the week. It's kind of early. This happened last week, so we definitely have some recovery to go, it's going to be a decision made by our coaching staff come Friday, maybe Saturday, how much time I'm actually going to be playing."
Scores of media members surrounded Freeney's podium at the start of Media Day, but the throng of reporters dwindled when it became clear that "day to day" was Freeney's standard response.
Officially, "day to day" is all we know of Freeney's status as of Tuesday. But everyone expects him on the field on Sunday.