As the Colts continue to prepare for this Sunday's AFC Championship game, one of the biggest storyline that we're keeping an eye on is the health of cornerbacks Vontae Davis (knee) and Greg Toler (groin), who both missed practice on Wednesday. Chuck Pagano said yesterday that he hoped they would return to practice on Thursday, and they did return to the practice field in a limited role. They both were listed as limited participants in Thursday's practice. Outside linebacker Erik Walden (knee) was limited yesterday but a full participant today.
The good news, however, is that defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said today that he is confident that his top two cornerbacks will be ready to go when the Colts take the field against the Patriots this weekend in Foxborough.
Obviously, if the Colts have to play without Davis and Toler it would be crushing and the Colts chances of winning would go down significantly. Both players arguably had their best games of the season a week ago against the Broncos and both are keys to what the Colts do defensively with their press man coverage. Combined with Darius Butler as the slot corner, they make up the strength of the Colts' defense. Without them, it would not be good at all for the Colts.
Hopefully they are indeed ready to go, but we'll continue to monitor their status.