The Indianapolis Colts will be without starting cornerback Vontae Davis this week against the Houston Texans. The team tweeted today that he will not make the flight, and will be missing the game for “non-injury related” reasons.
#INDvsHOU Update: Vontae Davis is listed as out for Sunday’s game at Houston (Non-Injury Related). He will not make the trip with the team.— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) November 4, 2017
The 29-year-old corner missed the first three games of the season due to a groin injury that he suffered in the preseason, and has appeared to have lost a step since returning to the field. As of now it’s unclear why Davis didn’t make the trip, but it is believed to be personal reasons.
Davis, who is in the last year of his his contract, had been subject to trade rumors, but was not traded during last week’s deadline. It appears the two-time Pro-Bowler’s best days are behind him, and barring a substantial pay cut, it’s very possible this could be his last year in Indianapolis.
The Colts secondary already lost depth this week when it was announced that Quincy Wilson was out for the game. The weakened secondary will be tasked with stopping a Texans offense led by Tom Savage on Sunday.
There has now been a twist in the Vontae Davis news. According to Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk, Davis is actually missing the game due to a groin injury.
Florio writes in his article: “Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Davis believes he needs treatment and time off as a result of the groin injury that caused him to miss the first three games of the regular season. Which makes the absence definitely injury related.”
He goes on to mention that the Colts were fudging the injury report. This is extremely unsettling news if it’s true.
As mentioned above, Davis has not been playing well this season, coupling this with how the organization has handled the Andrew Luck’s shoulder - then it’s believable that they have mishandled multiple players.
Stay tuned to Stampede Blue for updates as the story continues to progress.