Freeney had 13.5 sacks and has been dominant for the Colts.
A hobbled Freeney could give Manning some extra time, but Robert Mathis the other end also put up 9.5 sacks and 5 forced fumbles this season.
Freeney's backup is Raheem Brock who is solid against the run, but does not attack passers the way Freeney does. Former Bronco Defensive Coordinator Larry Coyer (Colts Defensive Coordinator) has said about Brock that: "He's very versatile,'' Coyer said of the 6-4, 275-pound Brock. "He can stand up and play. He can get down [on the ground] and play. He's got some traits.''
The bottom line is that Manning and Colts passing game is so good that the Freeney injury should not change the outcome. The only way for the Saints to win this Superbowl is to get a lot of turnovers like they did against the Vikings.