The Colts lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday in a game that saw the defense just fall apart with no pass rush and no answer to Ben Roethlisberger's passing attack. While it would have been bad anyway, one big thing that just made it worse was the knee injury to cornerback Vontae Davis early on in the game. Davis did not return to the game following the injury.
Earlier this week Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said that Davis is day-to-day, but with the Colts that doesn't really mean much other than that the injury isn't serious. Today we received even more encouraging news on Davis' status from Pagano: he was a full participant in practice today. Furthermore, Pagano also said that Davis is one hundred percent and that "he's ready to go."
That's great news for a defense that could really use some. Davis is, in my opinion, the best player on the defense and he undoubtedly is a key part to what the Colts try to do. They will need him in every game, and against another veteran quarterback in Eli Manning they'll need him even more. The Colts absolutely must find a way to get pressure on Eli after the lack of a pass rush was what ultimately led to the defensive collapse a week ago. Davis allows the Colts a little more room to work to try to create pressure, as he brings the ability to match up one-on-one with receivers and cover them.
The fact that Davis is back at practice and is fine is great and encouraging news for the Colts and their fans and it should help out quite a bit on Monday night against the New York Giants. And after what we saw last week (though it was an aberration for this unit), the Colts could use all the help (and encouragement) that they could get. Luckily, they'll get just that with the return of Davis.