Colts release veteran CB Vontae Davis

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INDIANAPOLIS — The drama surrounding the Indianapolis Colts and cornerback Vontae Davis has come to an end with his release, the team announced Thursday.

Releasing Davis, who was scheduled to be a free agent after the season, prevents any further distraction in what has been a bizarre six days between him the Colts. The Colts will have to pay the remaining portion of Davis’ $9 million base salary this season if he goes unclaimed on waivers.

A source had confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday night that Davis, after seeking second medical opinions, made the choice to undergo season-ending groin surgery.

The recommendation that Davis undergo surgery was first reported by the Indianapolis Star.

Earlier Wednesday, Davis said he felt disrespected by how the Colts handled his being left behind for last weekend’s game at Houston.

The Colts sent out an announcement Saturday saying that Davis would not make the trip for their game against the Texans the next day. The email said Davis’ situation was “non-injury related.” Coach Chuck Pagano repeated

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