Indianapolis Colts release cornerback Vontae Davis
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Indianapolis Colts have released cornerback Vontae Davis, the team announced Thursday.
The team acquired Davis via a trade with the Dolphins in 2012. He’s a two-time Pro Bowl selection.
Davis has struggled with a groin injury he suffered against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the preseason. He missed Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans, with Davis and the team giving different stories about what happened.
When the Colts made the surprising announcement Saturday that Davis wouldn’t make the trip to Houston, they said it wasn’t injury related. Coach Chuck Pagano maintained that it was a “coach’s decision” not to bring Davis.
Davis contended that his injury hasn’t fully healed and he needed to put his health first. It was also revealed this week that Davis had been demoted from his starting position. Davis admitted he wasn’t playing at his usual high level, citing the injury. He said he felt the demotion was due to his health and not his ability.
Davis was reportedly considering season-ending surgery. He missed the first three games of the season before returning against Seattle.
Davis, in his sixth season with the Colts, said defensive coordinator Ted Monachino and position coach Greg Williams delivered the news about his demotion, not Pagano himself. He said he felt there was “no respect” in the way the situation was handled.
Pagano had been cryptic about whether Davis would return to the starting lineup when asked about Davis earlier this week.
Davis was in the final year of a four-year contract.