The Indianapolis Colts announced Thursday morning that they have released injured cornerback Vontae Davis. Davis, who did not travel with the team to last Sunday’s game in Houston due to his groin injury, according to Davis, or if you asked the coaches, it was a coaches decision that he did not make the trip.
There was a bit of controversy all week in the locker room due to the complications surrounding the decision to demote Vontae for whatever reason it was, and Davis was not happy on Wednesday when he met with the media. Stating that what head coach Chuck Pagano had said about it being a coaches decision, and that “everyone has to earn their spot” wasn’t true when it came to him.
Wednesday evening news broke that Davis was seeking other opinions on his groin that he injured during the preseason and which had obviously been hampering him as the season has gone on. Adam Schefter of ESPN had reported that Davis was going to undergo a season ending surgery, meaning his career in Indy was likely done.
Rather than placing him on the injured reserve, the Colts went ahead and released Davis who had an expiring contract at the seasons end anyway. The former pro bowl corner had never been able to reach the form he was in 2014 in which he was one of the best at his position. Lately, he had battled through injuries and never really regained that “lock down” status.
With Davis gone, this opens the door for young corner backs Quincy Wilson and Pierre Desir (who started in Davis’ place) to get much needed playing time. For various reasons Wilson, a 2nd round pick, has not seen much of the field lately. However, he is a promising talent who needs to see live action to develop for the future.
Regardless of the reasoning behind why Davis is no longer a Colt, it will give the Colts a chance to play some of the younger corners on their roster, and solidifies the spot that Rashaad Melvin had been playing this season as the team moves forward as the #1 corner backer. This is also a statement that head coach Chuck Pagano will not go down with players who haven’t bought in. Heck, the Colts can lose without locker room problems, so why keep them around?