Here's one thing that would not be available to players if the Super Bowl were to be played in New York:

Injured Colts DE Dwight Freeney has been walking in sand to strengthen his injured ankle this week in preparation for a push towards playing in Super Bowl XLIV on Sunday, according to an ESPN report. Sandy beach strolls can take place in Miami, but not in New York. Not in February, anyway.

But the point is that the Colts are optimistic about Freeney playing on Sunday. He's expected to participate in some drills at today's practice to test the ankle, and while coach Jim Caldwell said Freeney is still "day-to-day," he's clearly more day-to-day than he was earlier in the week.

"He's trending in the right direction," Caldwell said. "He's getting better. But we'll see."

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The pool report from Colts practice will come out a little later and will likely have more information about what Freeney was and was not able to do.

UPDATE: Pool reporter Peter King says that Freeney did not participate in practice. He also says that Reggie Wayne left practice early with an aggravated knee injury.