Three days after the veteran defensive back left the team’s preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a groin injury, Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano announced on Tuesday that cornerback Vontae Davis will miss multiple weeks as a result of what Pagano labeled as a “pretty significant” injury.
Davis is coming off a season in which he accounted for 37 total tackles, 10 pass defenses and one interception in 14 regular-season games played, and his loss is a major one for the Colts secondary. A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Davis was expected to man one of the starting cornerback positions when the regular season began. As a result of the injury, the Colts will need to find another option capable of doing the job while Davis recovers.
Three of the Colts’ draft picks this spring were used on the secondary, as the team is looking to improve a unit that finished the 2016-17 season ranked 27th in the NFL against the pass. Former Ohio State safety Malik Hooker was selected with the 15th overall pick, with former Florida cornerback Quincy Wilson and former Temple corner Nate Hairston being selected in the second and fifth rounds, respectively.
Wilson left the team’s preseason game against the Cowboys with a knee injury, and he did not play in Saturday’s game against the Steelers. As for Hairston, he tallied six total tackles on Saturday and has received praise for his play during the training camp. With Rashaan Melvin in line to be the other starting cornerback, Davis’ injury opens the door for another option to step forward.