Cardinals’ Arians: Freeney to play 15-20 snaps in special packages

Dwight Freeney had 3.5 sacks with the Chargers last season.
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The Arizona Colts are planning to use newly signed Dwight Freeney as a situational pass rusher.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said that he expects Freeney to play 15 to 20 snaps per game and thinks the seven-time Pro Bowler could make a contribution in Sunday’s game at the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"He rushes the passer," Arians said. "I don’t think you have to teach him that."

Arizona signed the 35-year-old Freeney to a one-year contract on Tuesday to help fill the void left by outside linebacker Alex Okafor, who is expected to be sidelined 2-to-4 weeks with a calf strain.

"Just go get ‘em," Freeney said after Wednesday’s practice. "They have me doing things I actually love to do and should be able to do blindfolded."

The 35-year-old Freeney was among the league’s elite pass rushers during an 11-year run with the Indianapolis Colts, registering 107.5 of his 111.5 sacks.

Freeney spent the past two seasons with the San Diego Chargers. He had 3.5 sacks and 21 quarterback hurries last season.

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