Vaughn uses demotion as motivation

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts cornerback Cassius Vaughn could have let the demotion eat at him.

He actually used it as motivation.

Vaughn had two of the Colts' three interceptions in their victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. He entered the game with only three interceptions in his four-year career.

“I go in and just play my game regardless if I’m the starting corner or the fifth corner,” Vaughn said. “If I get on the field I feel like I’m the best corner on the field no matter who is out there. That’s just how I think about myself and I just wanted to go out there and play ball.”

Vaughn had started opposite Vontae Davis at cornerback in place of the injured Greg Toler in the four games prior to Sunday. Vaughn struggled at times, leading coach Chuck Pagano to replace him with Darius Butler in the starting lineup against the Titans.

Vaughn is team’s fourth cornerback, but the Colts wanted to keep Butler in the slot as the nickelback. Vaughn lined up on the outside and Butler slid to the slot when the Colts had three cornerbacks in the game Sunday.

“I took it as a challenge to step my game up,” Vaughn said. “They felt like we needed to shake it up a little bit. I felt like I should have done some better things out there, but it wasn’t ever a downer because I know they believe in me. We feel like that’s what we needed to do and they did that and they made the right decision.”

The Colts are optimistic that Toler (groin) will be back in the lineup for Sunday’s game at Cincinnati.