Cornerback Position Thin at Practice—
Toler and Butler missed various practice time last week but both played in Sunday’s regular season finale win against the Jaguars.
In trying to recover from a groin injury, Toler played 19 snaps last week (up from seven against Kansas City on Dec. 23).
“I feel pretty good,” Toler says of where his groin is after two games.
“We did a good job before the game just strengthening it and I felt confident going out there. After the reps that I did get, I felt pretty good.”
Davis is also dealing with his own groin injury which he suffered on Sunday. Pagano listed Davis as day-to-day on Monday.
The good news for the Colts is that Kansas City ranked just 24th in passing yards per game this season, last of the six AFC playoff teams.
Also, with the first day of practice bumped up to Tuesday this week due to a Saturday game, the injury report later in the week will serve as a better indication of who might be out there this weekend.
Back on Dec. 23, the Colts secondary held Alex Smith to his lowest quarterback rating of the season.
Having Toler expand his role would only add to a secondary playing some of its best football of the year at the ideal time.
“We are going in the right direction and if I’m asked to play more plays, I can do that,” Toler says.
Who Lines up in the Interior of Offensive Line?— The amount of healthy offensive linemen at Colts practice Tuesday was a sight that hasn’t been seen in weeks.
The question now remains what the Colts do on the interior of the unit.
Over the last four weeks
At center, both McGlynn and
Even with all the different bodies, the line has allowed just three sacks in
“It just tells everybody that we are getting better,” Thornton says of the unit.
“The longer the season is, the more the season goes on, now we are in the playoffs and we are just continuing to get better. We are going to continue to practice hard, get better and play to the best of our ability Saturday."
How does Pagano see the line working itself out come Saturday?
“Probably like solving the Rubik’s Cube,” Pagano joked earlier this week. “It’s great to have all those guys available and guys have done a great job filling in for when guys have been out. It’ll be great to have everybody available.”
“We’ll put the best five out there that we feel give us the best chance to win the football game.”
Young Wide Receivers Ready for Spotlight—Heading into the final quarter of the season,
They’ve gotten just that from a trio of young receivers.
Da’Rick Rogers (14 catches for 192 yards and two touchdowns) was brilliant against the Bengals and has seen ample reps over the past four weeks.
“We’ve each made some plays and we know that we can,” Whalen says of the young receivers. “Pep Hamilton and Andrew (Luck) know that we can too so it’s important for everyone just to have that confidence in everybody.”
These three receivers bring just one game of postseason experience with them into this weekend but are anxious to try and make up for the loss of their leader.