Davis had been playing through the groin injury for most of the season, which probably contributed to his downturn in performance and limited interest from potential suitors prior to last week's trade deadline. The veteran cornerback didn't travel with the Colts to Houston ahead of last week's win over the Texans, and head coach Chuck Pagano had already ruled Davis out for the Week 10 matchup with the Steelers before it was announced Wednesday that the 29-year-old would require season-ending surgery. Since Davis is bound for free agency in March, the Colts elected to part ways with him entirely rather than stashing him on injured reserve. Pierre Desir will presumably start at cornerback for the rest of the season in Davis' absence.
Davis will undergo season-ending surgery on his groin, Stephen Holder of The Indianapolis Star reports.
This injury has been lingering with Davis for months, and although he has suited up for five games this season, it's obvious this ailment took a turn for the worst. The ninth-year pro likely will be placed on injured reserve, and since he'll become a free agent after this season, there's no guarantee he returns to Indianapolis when he's healthy. Pierre Desir will take over as a starter in Davis' absence.
Davis has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Steelers due to a groin injury, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports.
Davis didn't travel with the Colts to Houston ahead of their Week 9 win over the Texans under mysterious circumstances, with head coach Chuck Pagano indicating afterward that the cornerback was held out in a "coach's decision" rather than anything related to the groin issue that has bothered him for a good chunk of the season. While Davis indicated earlier this week that he would likely return to action Sunday and play through any lingering soreness in his groin, the Colts instead plan to give him only limited reps in practice this week before taking the weekend off to rehab the injury. Once Davis returns to action, he may have to settle for a backup role behind Pierre Desir.
Colts head coach Chuck Pagano indicated that Davis, who didn't travel with the team to Houston for Sunday's win over the Texans, would return to practice and suit up for the Week 10 game against the Steelers, Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star reports.
Pagano was evasive when asked about why Davis was left back in Indianapolis for the Week 9 contest, but reiterated the team's stance that Davis' absence was a "coach's decision" and not related to the cornerback's lingering groin injury. Instead, it appears an off-field issue was at the root of Pagano's decision, with the Colts' inability to find a trade suitor for the veteran ahead of the Oct. 31 deadline perhaps serving as a contributing factor. Davis' performance in recent weeks has also left much to be desired, and since he's set to become a free agent in March, it's possible that he'll have to settle for a more minor role on defense going forward, especially after Pierre Desir drew positive reviews for his coverage of star Texans wideout DeAndre Hopkins while starting in place of Davis on Sunday.
Head coach Chuck Pagano indicated Davis (groin) not traveling to Houston was a "coach's decision," Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports.
Pagano also said that Davis would be back for Week 10, after surprisingly being ruled out for Sunday's win over the Texans. There have been conflicting reports on the real reason behind the move, with the 29-year-old's groin injury being cited as the cause. More information may surface to provide better clarity on the situation, but at this point it appears to be just a one-week absence for the veteran cornerback.
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