Chris Ballard: Vontae Davis was cleared medically, hasn't played very well


This time the unlucky victim is cornerback Vontae Davis. A lingering groin injury has cut into his effectiveness.

"My tape isn't terrible, " Davis said Wednesday, "but my tape isn't me".

Davis' issue is with how his demotion was announced.

In Davis' consecutive absence, 4th-year cornerback Pierre Desir should get his 3rd straight start, who played reasonably well all things considered last weekend against the Houston Texans. Despite repeated questions after the game, Chuck Pagano's answer never wavered: Coach's decision. "'Vontae, you're not yourself, '" Davis said.

"Everybody has to earn everything around here", Pagano said.

Why didn't Pagano mention the groin injury?

Indianapolis missed the opportunity to deal Davis before the October 31 trade deadline, so the two parties will likely have to wait until after the year to go their separate ways.

Davis learned of his benching from the defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator, not head coach Chuck Pagano, who he thought he had a pretty good relationship with. "Knowing Chuck, I figured it would come from him". It really bothered me. If he wants out of Indianapolis or is even thinking about it, he's not letting the world know. I'm a grown man. "I've been in [the league] long enough. I just feel in this situation, there was no respect whatsoever". Davis said he hasn't played well this season because he's still dealing with the groin injury he suffered against Pittsburgh in the third preseason game that caused him to miss the first three weeks of the regular season.

Davis, a two-time Pro Bowler, acknowledged that he probably shouldn't have returned at Seattle in Week 4. He had a rest day each of the last two weeks, on the Wednesday leading into games versus Cincinnati and Houston. That gave no indication of what was to come.

Davis had a different version of events.

"They could have come at me way earlier than now". "I got different opinions on it". One doctor told me I should have had surgery on it. He told the Star that he feels more like he has been benched than being given time to heal. "I probably hurt my teammates".

As a Colt, Davis has recorded 13 interceptions, defended 75 passes and tallied 265 combined tackles. "It hasn't worked for me". I was able to get back and help my team. It's nothing I did.

"Non-injury related", said the Colts. Prior to the NFL's October 31 trade deadline, it was reported general manager Chris Ballard was open to trading his veteran cornerback.

Davis, whose four-year contract worth $36 million expires after this season, had been the subject of trade talks ahead of the deadline last Tuesday.

"Change is good", Davis said. "That's how I'm gonna leave it".



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