OK, it seems "boot gate," or whatever the hell you want to call it, wasn't that big of a deal. Despite a photo of oft-injured corner Greg Toler wearing a protective boot at OTAs last week, it seems the fifth-year corner is healthy enough to get back out on the field this week for the Colts' second installment of OTAs.
Colts Authority's Brett Fatig pointed me to this photo from Colts.com, which shows Toler (No. 28) running and covering Darrius Heyward-Bey (No. 81).
Good news, indeed.
This is a big year for Toler. Since being drafted out of St. Paul's College in the 4th round in 2009, he has never played a full season of NFL football. He missed all of the 2011 season with an ACL injury, and sat out five games last year with a foot injury.
When you watch this guy on tape, his coverage and playmaking skills really impress. Personally, he looks like a better all-around corner than Vontae Davis, but that's just my opinion. The difference between Toler and Davis is that, for the most part, Vontae has stayed healthy for much of his career. Toler hasn't.
2013 is Toler's year to prove he can stay on the field and become a full-time starter. If he doesn't, his contract is front-loaded, with a base salary of $4 million, but with only a $1 million in bonus money spread out over three years. He's essentially playing on a one-year deal. After 2013, the Colts can cut Toler and only suffer a $670,000 cap hit.
So, yeah. Stay healthy, Greg.