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Colts Release Vontae Davis
Updated November 10, 2017 7:47 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) - The controversy and confusion surrounding the Colts and cornerback Vontae Davis reached a fevered pitch on Thursday as the team officially released the two-time Pro Bowler.

Head coach Chuck Pagano, who normally doesn't speak on Thursdays, came to the podium and addressed the situation.

"Obviously everybody knows about the release of Vontae Davis. Every decision that we make -- that I make -- is based on two things, and that's what's best for the football team -- the team -- and what gives us the best chance to win. This isn't about one guy, OK? Nobody is bigger than the team, and that starts with me, OK? I'm not -- nobody is. Only thing that matters is the football team, and winning. We love Vontae. I love Vontae. I'm grateful for the contributions that he's made over the last six years. We've been together for a long time; he's done a lot of great things for us. But we're putting this to bed -- we're not going to talk about it anymore, we're not going to answer anymore questions about it, and I'd expect you to honor that with (defensive coordinator) Ted (Monachino) coming up here, and so forth. And so, we wish Vontae nothing but the best moving forward. So, it's Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh. Thank you."

Davis will now hit waivers and it seems unlikely any team will put in a claim, not only because he supposedly needs season-ending surgery for a torn groin muscle but also because his base salary hit would be $9 million.

Meanwhile. the Colts saw some players get back on the practice field as the team activated offensive tackle Denzelle Good from injured reserve and promoted wide receiver Matt Hazel from the practice squad. Both players take the spots of Henry Anderson and Vontae Davis.

It was the second day in a row the team got someone back from injury as tight end Eric Swoope practiced for the first time on Wednesday since being placed on injured reserve in September due to knee surgery.

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