Report: Colts CB Vontae Davis Won’t Play Against Steelers

The Indianapolis Colts will host the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday at Lucas Oil Field and starting cornerback Vontae Davis reportedly won’t play in that game.

According to Mike Chappell of Indy Sports Central, Davis, who didn’t play this past Sunday against the Houston Texans, won’t play against the Steelers on Sunday due to a groin injury that he’s been dealing with.

“Vontae has had some big battles with A.B. [Antonio Brown] over the years, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday. “He’s a formidable opponent. He’s one of those lock down guys that is capable of matching top-flight receivers and he’s done that for them in the past. He missed the last game. I don’t know about his availability but I know his availability probably impacted matchups in a lot of ways. Not only in terms of the how the game unfolds but maybe even how they call a game or approach it.”

With Davis now not expected to play against the Steelers, cornerback Pierre Desir is once again expected to start in his place and opposite fellow cornerback Rashaan Melvin.

“Loves ball, great competitor,” Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said about Desir earlier this week. “Obviously not afraid to go out there, lay it on the line and put himself out there. Played well, challenged. He’s fast and can run. He has confidence.”

The Colts pass defense hasn’t been great this season and they currently lead the league in deep pass attempts completed against them. In short, the Steelers offense should be expected to have a strong game against the Colts defense on Sunday through the air.

The Steelers are expected to have wide receiver Martavis Bryant back on the field Sunday after he was benched in Week 8 for a social media outburst.

UPDATE: After seeking second medical opinions, Colts CB Vontae Davis is opting to undergo season-ending groin surgery, per source.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    AB has been itching for the end zone. I think he gets in there multiple times on Sunday.

  • JNick

    This could be a blood bath game.

  • Rob

    There’s an opportunity to make this a statement game, and put the league on notice. Let’s see how they respond.

  • melblount

    Lemme get this straight…

    We’re double-digit favorites against a 3-6 team that is without its franchise QB and best CB, and if we beat them decisively, we will have played a “statement game, and put the league on notice.”

    Hmmm…that CAN’T be what you mean.

    Oh, now I get it. You mean that if we LOSE to IND decisively it will be a statement game to notify the league that we are not as good as we appear.

    Man, you had me going there for a minute.

  • Rob

    Statement games can be played against teams of any record, and it’s easily justifiable given the team’s perceived performance/actual performance in these situations. Really don’t see why that seems like such a hard concept for you to grasp, but I’ll indulge..

    Good teams put on a show in these opportunities. Not only that, the team can show that they’ve cleaned up some of the things that could have easily seen this team with a 4-4 record right now. The Eagles putting up 51 against a pretty poor Broncos team that was missing pieces is still impressive nonetheless. That’s a statement.

  • Sam Clonch

    Case in point: Rams putting a fifty burger on the Giants. Everyone KNEW the Giants weren’t that good, but now everyone is saying “look at for the Rams”.

  • Don’t mid little old melblount, he’s one this community’s biggest detractors.

  • Rob

    Yeah i know haha had a few extra minutes

  • melblount

    “Don’t mid little old melblount, he’s one this community’s biggest detractors.”

    WTF is “mid” mean in that sentence? Or should I simply not (sic) mind whatever you post?

  • Matt Manzo

    Omg. Remember how many of us wanted Desir that year?!

  • melblount

    Maybe try learning a little about Pro Football in your spare time?

  • Rob

    Dilly dilly

  • melblount

    WOW! Reading that nonsense took time I’ll never get back.

    FYI – statement games are generally played against teams you are evenly matched with, bitter rivals, teams that have historically beaten you, teams you are an underdog to, etc, NOT against teams like the hapless Colts.

    It will be a statement if we LOSE. It will NOT be a statement if we WIN.

  • melblount

    Hanging 51 on the G-men showed me nothing I did not already know about the Rams or the Giants. The Rams were Division Title contenders heading into that game, and the Giants stayed on track for the 1st-3rd pick overall.

  • On my work laptop, I have a problem with my “N” key. Sometimes I type so fast I don’t realize it didn’t work. There it’s fixed. You can go back to detracting now. I’m sure you’ll find something else negative to say about this number 1 seeded team before the day is over…

  • Dave T. Thomas dis say the kid was lacking between the ears.

  • falconsaftey43

    He also said stay far far away from Martavis Bryant if I remember correctly.

  • Well I guess, if nothing else, he’s 2 for 2 then right? I kid, I kid. MB just need some more time to get back into football shape. Being away from the game for nearly a year and a half can’t be understated.

  • Rob

    Glad to have at least wasted your time master of pro football. I’ll do my best to continue to waste your time moving forward.

  • Rob

    You’d have a good chuckle if you knew where I actually work

  • Sam Clonch

    Lol, not my first day here. I know the usual characters!

  • Conserv_58

    “Oooo that smell! (guitar riff) What’s that smell around you?!”

    With the amount of money the Giants spent in the offseason and to see that they’ve only won one game is surprising.

  • Intense Camel

    Lol fifty burger

  • Intense Camel

    If the offense can’t crack 30 points in this game then there’s no hope for a SB this year.

  • Conserv_58

    Eli is done, kaput, stick a fork in him, it’s over. I’d start Dobbs over him because that’s how bad he’s playing.

  • Conserv_58

    👀 Why so vague?

  • Conserv_58

    He was listening to Fitty Cent when he posted.

  • Intense Camel

    Just my opinion. It’s time for these guys to get rolling.

  • Conserv_58

    They’re 6-2 and have yet to come close to running on all cylinders. That’s a good problem to have.

  • Intense Camel

    Only if it doesn’t continue to be a problem.

  • JNick

    Halfway through the season and not having it together is not a good thing.
    At some point it’s stops being a potentially good offense and becomes a mediocre offense.
    At this point, the Ravens offense has been more productive.

  • Doug Andrews

    Matt I have to admit I really liked this guy out of college. Shows you how long my Pitt scout job would’ve lasted. He’s really stiff in coverage and is yet to develop into the player I thought he’d become.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Truth be told, I had this game circled as soon as the schedule came out. Ben LOVES to play the Colts. I think it was about time we embrace the fact that we have all of the Killer B’s assembled, and send them out to strike! Tickets can be had for pretty cheap. I saw decent seats for like 65 bucks. Too enticing to pass up.

  • Taylor Williams

    Let’s trade for Andrew luck in the off season if he isn’t damaged goods. He’ll do better behind a REAL offensive line and decent weapons.
    After we win the Superbowl of course.

  • Ichabod

    I would love to see Bryant and McDonald get over five targets each. I can’t see things getting sharp between them and Ben without game targets.
    Looking forward to second half of the season
    Hear We Go

  • Michael Mosgrove

    oh darn.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    think giants get 5th pick. browns get first 49ers 2nd colts 3rd buccs 4.

  • dany

    Bold prediction, considering he’s had at least 2 against them for the past 3 years

  • Rotten Sircus

    Pierre Desir is great in coverage not so much a good tackler. Ben has to put the ball on the money !!!

  • Rocksolid20

    Is that compared to our 30 point a game offense ?!

  • Rocksolid20

    They may draft the QB that we need .

  • Rocksolid20

    So is that touches we take away from Bell or Brown . D on’t fix what isn’t broken .

  • jsteeler

    Dobbs????
    Did you think and read what you just put into cyberspace?

  • Michael Mosgrove

    If we finish 11-5 like I think, or better, the best and are going to be gone anyways because we will be picking about 25th ish.

  • Matt Manzo

    He was at the top of my list, too! We’re always gonna swing and miss on a few.

  • Ichabod

    Are you kidding me?
    Red zone is broken!
    Is the offense averaging 20 ppg yet?
    Needs some work

  • Cormel Bovan Sr.

    This is the game to get Bryant’s confidence back. Give him atleast one deep ball per quarter, just give him a chance at a few. Hopefully by the second quarter we’ll have the game in hand. Their bad against the deep ball so if he can’t catch one or two against them it’s not going to get any easier.

  • Rob

    Haha if you want. but if they score 30 Sunday, it won’t make me believe that that’s something that they can sustain