Former Fighting Illini cornerback Vontae Davis will miss the first month of the 2016 NFL season, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Davis was held out of the Indianapolis Colts’ most recent preseason game after rolling his ankle in practice and, according to head coach Chuck Pagano, his status is "week-to-week" with a medial strain.
Report: Colts expect Vontae Davis to miss at least first month of season https://t.co/hCySqLqp8Z— Stampede Blue (@StampedeBlue) August 23, 2016
Although the Colts signed veteran defensive back Antonio Cromartie, our friends over at Stampede Blue are, obviously, taking this as a pretty big loss.
Entering the 2016 season, Davis was probably the player the Colts could least afford to lose on the defensive side of the football, so this is very tough news to be sure.
Davis, a two-time Pro Bowl Selection (2014, 2015), was the Miami Dolphins' first round selection in 2009, and he’s recorded 21 interceptions over his eight-year career. His time with the Orange and Blue spanned from 2006-08.
Davis unfortunately isn’t the only Illini to be shaken up during the preseason, either. Jeff Cumberland (San Diego Chargers) will miss the entire season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon in his second preseason game.