The past week has been a tumultuous one for the Indianapolis Colts and cornerback Vontae Davis to say the least. On Saturday, the team announced that Davis would not be traveling with the team for their game against the Houston Texans for “non-injury related” reason. Davis, a two-time Pro Bowler, has played not played up to his normal standards this season due to a nagging groin injury he suffered during the Colts’ third preseason game. The injury has also caused him to miss 5 of the team’s 9 games.
However, Davis had a different take on the events. He said,
I had a groin tear that I dealt with. I got different opinions on it. One doctor said I should have had surgery, other doctor told me to let it heal. I took the let-it-heal approach. I came back, and probably came back a little too early, and in the process I probably hurt my teammates.
When asked why Colts coach Chuck Pagano said he was left behind for reasons not related to his injury, Davis said, “I can’t really control what Coach P said.”
On Wednesday, Davis chose to have season-ending surgery as opposed to continue playing through the groin injury. Then, on Thursday, the team announced that they will be releasing him. As Davis was slated to become a free agent after this season, the Colts organization will have to pay him the remaining $9 million on his contract unless another team picks him up on waivers.
Pierre Desir started in place of Davis against the Texans, and the demotion made it so that Desir would continue to do so. Davis didn’t agree with the depth chart change, stating,
It’s a disagreement because I feel like I was demoted because of my health instead of my ability. The agreement is I take full responsibility. I’m not myself. I’m not Vontae Davis. Obviously I know what level I can play at. I’ve been working trying to get back, like I have with previous injuries. In this situation it just hasn’t worked for me because of my injury, it was significant. It was a groin tear.
Davis, 29, will be eligible to sign with any team he wants after the season if he is not claimed on waivers.