ESPNThe drama surrounding the Indianapolis Colts and cornerback Vontae Davis has come to an end with his release, the team announced Thursday. Releasing Davis, who was scheduled to be a free agent after the season, prevents any further distraction in what has been a bizarre six days between him the Colts. The Colts will have to pay the remaining portion of Davis’ $9 million base salary this season if he goes unclaimed on waivers. A source had confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday night that Davis, after seeking second medical opinions, made the choice to undergo season-ending groin surgery. The recommendation that Davis undergo surgery was first reported by the Indianapolis Star. Earlier Wednesday, Davis said he felt disrespected by how the Colts handled his being left behind for last weekend’s game at Houston. The Colts sent out an announcement Saturday saying that Davis would not make the trip for their game against the Texans the next day. The email said Davis’ situation was “non-injury related.” Coach Chuck Pagano repeated several times after the game that leaving Davis behind was a coach’s decision. Davis had a different version of events. 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, which caused him to miss the first three weeks of the regular season. “I had a groin tear that I dealt with,” Davis said. “I got different opinions on it. One doctor said I should have had surgery, other doctor told me to let it heal. I took the let-it-heal approach. I came back, and probably came back a little too early, and in the process I probably hurt my teammates.” When asked why Pagano said it was a non-injury situation, Davis said, “I can’t really control what Coach P said.”
A bizarre situation is unfolding in Indianapolis, where cornerback Vontae Davis had been playing through a groin injury all season long, and the injury hurt his play so much that the Colts decided to bench Davis. When Davis got benched, he elected to have season ending surgery to repair his groin injury, because he saw no reason to continue to play through the injury while only being used as a reserve. The Colts became so upset that Davis decided to have season ending groin surgery rather than continue to play through the injury as a reserve that they released Davis, and will now pay him $9 million because nobody is going to claim an player off waivers who is out for the season after undergoing groin surgery. Davis says he was playing through an injury all year, and when he got demoted, he elected to have surgery to have the injury repaired. The Colts think David could have continued to play through the injury, but when he got benched, he got the surgery to end his season as a form of protest to his demotion. “Screw this team, I’m not riding the pine, I’m out.” Strange situation in Indianapolis.