The Herald Bulletin

August 15, 2011

Colts release Davis

By George Bremer
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — The Nate Davis era with the Indianapolis Colts lasted just two preseason series.

The former Ball State star quarterback was released by the team Monday.

He reportedly signed a two-year deal with the Colts shortly after free agency began in late July. Under the rules of the new collective bargaining agreement, Davis was unable to practice during the first four days of training camp at Anderson University.

When he finally did get on the field, Davis struggled to grasp Indianapolis’ complex offensive system.

He saw limited action during Saturday’s preseason opener against the St. Louis Rams. Davis directed two drives during the fourth quarter, going 3-of-7 for 36 yards and compiling a quarterback rating of 59.2.

Head coach Jim Caldwell said the team’s depth chart simply was too crowded at quarterback. The Colts still have Curtis Painter, Dan Orlovsky and Mike Hartline participating in camp.

“We just have too many guys to work, to get ready,” Caldwell said. “So we’re just looking at the guys that we have and trying to create some kind of a pecking order. Because Curtis is going to play more now as the preseason goes on. We’ve gotta give him more reps in practice. Then also the same thing with the two guys behind him. It’s just a numbers deal. He worked hard, and he’s a fine young man. We wish him the best, and hopefully he’ll catch on with somebody.”

There was speculation before Monday’s afternoon practice that the move might mean starter Peyton Manning is close to being activated off the physically unable to perform list.

Manning has not participated in on-field activities since training camp began Aug. 1.

The Colts carried four quarterbacks throughout camp last year, but there was no move made regarding Manning on Monday.

Caldwell gave only a routine status update during his daily press conference.

“(Manning’s) coming along well,” Caldwell said. “Just kind of working at it, working extremely hard as you can anticipate and would expect. We’ll see how it goes.”

Caldwell previously has said he is uncertain whether Manning will be cleared to participate before camp breaks at Anderson University.

The Colts final practice at AU is Thursday.

Manning can be activated at any time before the regular season begins.