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Thursday, December 12, 2013
It's time to think about shutting Toler down

By Mike Wells

INDIANAPOLIS -- If the way Greg Toler walked around the locker room Thursday afternoon was any indication, you probably shouldn't expect to see the Indianapolis Colts cornerback in the lineup against the Houston Texans on Sunday afternoon.

Toler didn't walk like a player who is ready to return to the lineup after missing the past six games with a groin injury. He gingerly walked around the locker room during the portion that's open to the media. Where Toler stands health wise was put more into perspective when the injury report was released late Thursday afternoon.

He went from being limited in practice Wednesday to not practicing at all Thursday. Not practicing Thursday makes me think Toler won't play against the Texans because he said at the start of the week that he needed to get through full week of practice and also be 100 percent healthy before returning to the lineup.

That obviously didn't happen.

It has gotten to the point that the Colts should think about shutting Toler down for the rest of the season. This groin injury is about to head into the eighth week when you count the bye week.

Coach Chuck Pagano said a couple of weeks ago that they didn't plan on shutting Toler down. It'll be interesting to see if he still feels the same way when he addresses the media Friday.

The Colts will only have two regular-season games remaining after facing the Texans. They play at Kansas City on Dec. 22. I wouldn't be surprised if Toler misses that game, too. He talked last week about how freezing temperatures impact his groin because it's difficult to keep it warm while on the sidelines.

The Colts could use Toler's help in the secondary. They have given up an average of 31 points and 401 yards per game in the past seven games. Pagano has already changed the  lineup by putting Darrius Butler in for Cassius Vaughn, who had been starting for Toler.

But at some point you have to throw in the towel and just call it quits for the season with Toler.