Indianapolis Colts cut cornerback Vontae Davis

Cheryl Sanders
November 9, 2017

Davis also made his first public comments since being demoted and said he felt disrespected because of the way the issue was handled. Coach Chuck Pagano repeated several times after the game that leaving Davis behind was a coach's decision. Pro Bowl cornerback Vontae Davis will have season-ending surgery on his groin. It is the second time in three seasons Anderson has finished a season on I.R., with the first time coming during his rookie season when he tore his ACL.

It marks a disappointing end to what was otherwise a very good career for the 29 year old cornerback in Indianapolis.

In six years with the Colts, Davis has missed 13 games. So the timing of his release is incredibly odd to say the least.

However, injuries to his ankle and the aforementioned groin injury apparently resulted in diminished production over the past two seasons. Through nine games, he has 21 tackles, no sacks, no interceptions and just two passes defenced - hardly ideal numbers for a potential free agent who turns 30 in May.

Releasing Davis before his contract ended allows the Colts to keep a disgruntled veteran player away (one who doesn't want to be in Indianapolis long-term) from their training and rehabilitation facilities, as well as their young, easily influenced players.

It is obviously worth noting, that if the reports that he needs season-ending groin surgery are true, that may make teams decide there's no reason to claim him. You want to know why and you get to a point where it should be more about respect than anything.

Star Colts beat reporter Stephen Holder reported that the coaching staff wanted to start Pierre Desir at cornerback, and that the team still maintains that Davis is not injured. In a pass happy National Football League, a player like Davis should have no problem finding a new home relatively quickly.

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