The Indianapolis Colts could be without their top cornerback for the foreseeable future.
Cornerback Vontae Davis is out on a week-to-week basis with an ankle injury, according to Mike Chappell of Fox59/CBS4.
This is a significant blow to Indianapolis’ secondary, which ranked 24th against the pass last season after allowing 257 passing yards per game.
Davis is the best cornerback on the roster, picking off five passes and defending 16 total attempts last season. The only other Colts cornerback to intercept a pass in 2015 was Darius Butler with a lone takeaway. Davis ranked as the No. 29 cornerback in the NFL by ProFootballFocus.com, while none of Indianapolis’ other cornerbacks on the 2015 roster cracked PFF’s top 85 (Butler was ranked No. 86).
The Colts should be even more grateful for Patrick Robinson, who signed with the team during the offseason. Robinson was brought in to start opposite Davis as the team’s No. 2 cornerback and is coming off of a solid season, during which he recorded one interception and eight pass breakups. He might be forced to slot in as the No. 1 cornerback if Davis misses the start of the regular season.
Even with Robinson on the roster, Colts coach Chuck Pagano didn’t sound too thrilled with the team’s depth at the position.
“It’s a little scary,” Pagano said, according to NFL.com. “It’s not pretty right now.”
Coaches usually aren’t that candid during the summer, especially when discussing negative subjects. The Colts could be in major trouble against the aerial attack if Davis doesn’t return for the regular-season opener.