Starting cornerback Greg Toler has been downgraded to week-to-week with a neck injury, which means the Indianapolis Colts will have to shuffle their secondary.
The seventh-year pro suffered the injury in Saturday's home preseason loss to the Chicago Bears. Toler had initially been classified as day-to-day, but head coach Chuck Pagano provided a Thursday update.
"It's just week-to-week," Pagano said. "As you go through and the doctors evaluate and things like that, so that's where he's at, right now is week-to-week with that thing."
Toler has started 22 of 24 games since joining the Colts in 2013, but has an injury history. He's never played a full 16 games in a regular season and spent 2011 on injured reserve with a knee injury while playing for the Arizona Cardinals. The defender is in a contract year with the Colts.
Toler's absence likely means nickel cornerback Darius Butler starts in Saturday's preseason game at the St. Louis Rams. It could also result in more playing time for rookie cornerback D'Joun Smith, a third-round draft choice.
The rest of the Colts' injury report suggests several other players will skip the Rams game.
Tight end Coby Fleener is day-to-day with an ankle injury. Pagano said he hoped to have him back next week, although the Colts typically don't play starters much if at all in the preseason finale.
Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, the team's first-round draft choice, didn't practice all week with a knee contusion suffered in the Bears game. It's not believed to be serious.
"He's been doing rehab with the trainers," Pagano said.
The Colts have to trim the 90-man roster to the league-mandated 75 players by 4 p.m. EST Tuesday. Because most starters are expected to play at least the first half and possibly into the third quarter Saturday, reserves looking to make a favorable impression to stay on the roster will likely have fewer snaps to do so.
And next week will be abbreviated with the preseason finale against the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
"We have some tough decisions to make," Pagano said.
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