INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts have released Pro Bowl cornerback Vontae Davis, the team announced Thursday morning.
Davis said Thursday he felt disrespected over how the Colts handled his injury situation last week. Team officials said he wouldn't travel for Sunday's game at Houston because of a "non-injury related" issue.
"I probably did rush back," Davis said. "Me, the type of person I am, I want to go out and play. It's unfortunate. I thought it would be handled differently. I felt like I was demoted. You want to know why and you get to a point where it should be more about respect than anything. And I felt there was no respect there."
Davis was the team's longest-tenured defensive starter. He came to the Colts in 2012 in a trade from the Miami Dolphins.
Davis said the Colts should have come to him sooner about their concerns and was upset the team used the term "non-injury related."
Pagano has repeatedly told reporters the reason Davis didn't play was a coach's decision. He didn't even address the topic Wednesday before Davis was available to reporters in the locker room.