Injuries Could be Detrimental This Week

It won't be anything out of the ordinary, but Indy's injuries could factor heavily in Arizona – especially if Stanley Havili's concussion keeps him out (and it seems like it will). After years without a true fullback, Havili has been looking better every week (and along with Eric Walden, would get my nomination for most-improved player to this point).

With both of those players out, according to Steven Holder of the Indy Star, Sunday could be an issue.

Havili’s absence is important given that he has been a major component of the running game, lead blocking with proficiency and chipping in with an occasional carry or reception.Havili’s absence is compounded by the fact that he doesn’t have a backup. He’s the only fullback on the roster for a team that makes more use of the position than most clubs. Indianapolis will likely ask one of its four tight ends to function as a fullback while Havili is out.

I only disagree with one part of the article. Holder surmises that, with Toler out, we can all see how big a difference he makes in the pass defense. Yes, Cassius Vaughn hasn't been great – or that much better than Toler – but G.T. has been the worst player on Indy's defense to this point. If you think Vontae Davis has been bad recently, his problems pale in comparison to Toler's early-season woes.

I was writing about it literally every week. The guy hasn't been dependable, and overreacts to everything. Shame Butler's been playing well in the slot, because he's their second best DB at this point.