Vontae Davis on His Future with Colts Amid Groin Injury: 'Change Is Good'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 8, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 22: Vontae Davis #21 of the Indianapolis Colts in action during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 22, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Jacksonville won 27-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis is not only fighting a groin injury, but he's also dealing with the fact he lost his starting job to Pierre Desir in the team's 20-14 Week 9 win over the Houston Texans.

According to WTHR.com's Bob Kravitz, Davis offered a cryptic assessment of his situation:

Mike Chappell of Indy Sports Central reported the nine-year veteran will miss Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers to rehab his injured groin.

Davis discussed the injury, telling reporters he probably returned to the field too early, which exacerbated the problem. He missed Indianapolis' first three games this season, and after returning, he believes the groin injury has prevented him from playing his best.

Kent Sterling of CBS Sports 1430 in Indianapolis shared audio from Davis' interview:

The Indianapolis Star's Zak Keefer also provided Davis' comments about how he didn't like the way head coach Chuck Pagano handled his demotion from the first team:

Davis will become a free agent at the end of the season, and it would appear he plans to leave the Colts after six years in Indy. A Pro Bowler in 2014 and 2015, Davis failed to reach that level in 2016 and has struggled again in 2017. He'd likely benefit from a change of scenery.

The Colts, meanwhile, will want in the offseason to address a secondary that's allowing the second-most yards per game (279.7) and ranks 25th in pass defense DVOA (defense-adjusted value over average), according to Football Outsiders.

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

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