Monday, January 6, 2014
Colts could be thin in the secondary
By Mike Wells
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts should have better indication on where things stand with their injured secondary sometime Monday when they get a medical update on cornerback Greg Toler.
Toler left the game in the first half of Saturday’s victory over the Kansas City Chiefs with a groin injury. Safety LaRon Landry suffered a concussion in the second half. He has to pass the NFL’s concussion protocol before he’s cleared to play.
Toler injured the groin when he was defending Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe on a slant pattern that went for 63 yards on Kansas City’s second offensive series.
“He chased him down and went for the strip and just twisted and fell wrong,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “I think he aggravated that thing on that play. Felt like he was okay, tough, tough kid. Didn’t want to let his teammates down and all that stuff. Then obviously that thing wasn’t right.”
Toler remained in the game for one more series but left after former Colt Donnie Avery blew by him for a 79-yard touchdown reception.
It wouldn’t be surprising if Toler didn’t play against New England on Saturday because he missed seven games with a groin injury during the regular season.
“It’s a shame because he’s worked his tail off to try to get back and help this team,” Pagano said. “Hopefully we’ll still have him available.”
Pagano explained his decision to put cornerback Cassius Vaughn on the inactive list against the Chiefs despite Toler and Vontae Davis both recently dealing with groin injuries.
“It was obviously an extremely difficult one,” Pagano said. “There were a lot of things that play into that. We got some guys back. This week was very, very difficult. That was a very difficult decision that we had to make but we had such, as far as the D-line went, we’ve been going with five. But with Ricky (Jean Francois) just coming off of injury, Aubrayo (Franklin) had a knee, Cory (Redding) had a shoulder. We really felt like it was nothing that Cassius did. It was really just looking at the D-line depth and we felt like we needed six bodies there instead of five just because of the health of that group.”