Veteran cornerback Vontae Davis was released by the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday morning. Davis’ release from the team comes one day after he met with reporters and told them that he had felt “disrespected” by Colts head coach Chuck Pagano when Pagano demoted him for last Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans and being left in Indianapolis. Davis was told last week that he was being demoted by defensive coordinator Ted Monachino and defensive backs coach Greg Williams, not by Pagano.
“It should be more about the respect. I’m a professional,” he said. “I’ve been in (the league) long enough. When I look at the situation, I feel like there was no respect. Knowing Chuck, I figured it would come from him. It really bothered me.”
When the Colts made the announcement last Saturday, they claimed he was being left at home due to a “non-injury related issue”. Pagano stated in his press conference after the game that it was a coach’s decision. When asked why Pagano said it was a non-injury situation, Davis said, “I can’t really control what Coach P said.”
Davis did mention that his recent poor performance was attributed to a groin injury that has been bothering him for a long time, and it was an issue that he had told the Colts’ training staff about a lot. He initially injured the groin in the third preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and caused him to miss the first three weeks of the regular season.
“But now, my play slips and this? They should have come to me way earlier and said, ‘Vontae, you’re not yourself. You’re not playing well,'” he told reporters. “I told the trainers my groin was not responding.”
Davis also stated yesterday that we would be undergoing season-ending groin surgery after he reached out to other medical options outside of the team doctors.
“I had a groin tear that I dealt with,” Davis said. “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.”
Davis was also a hot name during the NFL Trade Deadline as it was well known that the Colts wanted to trade Davis. Of course, the Colts failed to trade the two-time Pro Bowler, who has just 21 combined tackles, two passes defended, and zero interceptions this season.
“It’s a disagreement because I feel like I was demoted because of my health instead of my ability,” Davis said. “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 with previous injuries, but it’s not working.”
In his 120 game career, which he has played for the Colts and the Miami Dolphins, Davis has 112 starts where he has made 399 tackles and has 22 interceptions. He is only 29 years old, so if he can get healthy, a playoff team might pick him up.
Pierre Desir started in Davis’ place against the Texans and is expected to continue to start with Rashaan Melvin at cornerback for the Colts.
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