Earlier this week, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that former Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis had finally been medically cleared to resume playing football following his groin surgery late last season.
The Colts released Davis on November 9 following a tumultuous season. The official story is shaky, and we may never completely know what happened. However, the cliffs notes version is this (at least what has been out and about):
Davis struggled with the groin injury throughout the entire season. He reportedly felt he was being forced to play through the injury and it was affecting his performance. The team, however, felt his groin injury was fine and that Davis just wasn’t playing well. He was considered a healthy scratch in Week 9, and there was a heated moment between Davis and former head coach Chuck Pagano at some point. The Colts then ultimately released Davis shortly after.
At his peak with the Colts, Davis was a Pro Bowler (2014, 2015) and fringe All-Pro. He was a shutdown corner who was capable of taking the opponent’s best receiver out of the game. In six seasons in Indianapolis, Davis started all 76 games that he appeared in, missing 20 (including the games he missed following his release). He had 13 interceptions and 66 pass breakups with the Colts.
However, injuries have had their effect on Davis. Now almost 30 years old and with a knack for getting hurt, he is going to have to prove himself all over again.