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Freeney misses part of Colts practice

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 13, 2005) -- Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney left practice early after having difficulty loosening up.

Freeney walked off the field carrying an ice pack, but coach Tony Dungy said Freeney was not expected to miss a Monday Night Football game Oct. 17 against the St. Louis Rams.

"He had a little problem getting loose, but we think he'll be fine," Dungy said. "We gave him a little bit of the afternoon off."

Freeney, the league's sacks champion in 2004, is second on the team with five sacks this season and has played a major role in the improvement of the Colts defense, which has allowed a league-low 29 points in five games.

Starting safety Bob Sanders, who was listed as questionable on the injury report Oct. 12, might play.

Sanders injured his left biceps Oct. 9 during a 28-3 victory at San Francisco, and Dungy said there was no risk of further injury if Sanders could play through the pain.

"Bob looked fine," Dungy said. "He told me last night that he intends to play, so we'll see. It's a big game, the national spotlight, so I think it will be tough to keep him out of there."

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