INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts’ bruised defense finally got some help Sunday.
Four days after team owner Jim Irsay ignited speculation with a series of Twitter posts about a possible trade, the Colts acquired former first-round draft pick Vontae Davis to solidify their secondary.
Miami will get Indianapolis’ second-round pick and a conditional, undisclosed late-round pick in the 2013 draft – a steep price for a veteran cornerback who recently lost his starting job, but one the Colts found reasonable.
I think if Vontae were coming out in the 2013 draft, there’s no way he’d be there. A guy of this caliber and with this talent level and skill set, he wouldn’t be there in the second (round), Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. You don’t find guys like this in the second.
The addition of Davis came hours after the Colts took another big defensive hit when it was confirmed defensive tackle Brandon McKinney injured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Pagano said McKinney would likely go on injured reserve, ending his season.
McKinney, one of several ex-Ravens now in Indianapolis, was signed as a free agent in April to add size and depth to the defensive line. With his knowledge of the Ravens’ defensive system, Pagano and the new Colts coaches expected him to help Indianapolis make a smooth transition from their traditional 4-3 defensive front to Pagano’s 3-4 hybrid.
The Colts have lost two backup linebackers with season-ending knee injuries and will be without starting inside linebacker Pat Angerer (fractured foot) for several weeks.
The Colts also played Saturday without new defensive end Cory Redding (knee) and linebacker Robert Mathis (shoulder).
Losing the couple of linebackers that we’ve lost and now Brandon and the injuries that have kept some guys out for a couple weeks here and there, it’s tough from a continuity standpoint, Pagano said.
It seems like every time we come out of a preseason game we’re adding somebody new to the mix.
Davis, the No. 25 overall pick in the 2009 draft, was a starter since his rookie season, but he lost his starting job to Richard Marshall.
In 44 games with Miami, Davis had 148 career tackles and nine interceptions.
Powers sprained his knee Saturday against Washington.
Pagano said Powers would be listed as day to day.
The Colts waived cornerback Chris Rucker, a sixth-round draft choice in 2011, and receiver Quan Cosby, who was claimed off waivers late last season.
With the addition of Davis and the release of 11 players, Indianapolis trimmed its roster to 80.
It must get down to the NFL-mandated 75 by today’s afternoon deadline.
The other players released were cornerbacks Cameron Chism, Antonio Fenelus and Terrence Johnson; safeties Matt Merletti and David Caldwell; linebacker Mike Balogun; running back Alvester Alexander; offensive guard Jason Foster and punter Brian Stahovich.