Two orthopedic surgeons said it’s highly doubtful that Dwight Freeney will be his usual disruptive self because a Grade III ankle sprain won’t allow it.

This is a guy who depends on his push off and speed and he’s going to be hindered by the injury significantly,” said Dr. Steven Weinfield, the chief foot and ankle surgeon at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. “He’s certainly is not going to be fully recovered.”

Saints quarterback Drew Brees doesn’t anticipate the Colts altering their defensive approach if Freeney is out.

“They still will be doing a lot of the same things,” said Brees. “He’s a tremendous player, one of the if not the best pass rusher in the league, as is the guy on the other side, Robert Mathis,”

The quarterback will have to see Freeney in street clothes on Sunday at Sun Life Stadium before he’s convinced he won’t play.

The Colts are planing to play the Super Bowl without All-Pro defensive end Dwight Freeney.