We wrote a bit earlier in Final Word that the Colts could face serious problems against the Packers even with a healthy secondary. It turns out that starting corner Vontae Davis (ankle) and nickel back Justin King (groin) are out of Sunday's Indianapolis-Green Bay game.
It could be catastrophic, but interim coach Bruce Arians has no choice but to be optimistic.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for guys,” Arians told Indy reporters Friday. "...We’ve got some guys, some new guys, that are going to get a great opportunity to go up against a very formidable opponent and show what they’ve got.
“You know, Wally Pipp; you can earn a job, that’s where the whole next man in line got started. We believe in it. If you’re a Colt, you play like a starter when you’re on that field.”
There is no other way to move forward of course.
But I feel pretty confident that Vaughn, given up on in Denver before he was traded to Indy, and Butler, given up on in New England, aren’t going to be cornerbacking versions of Lou Gehrig.