INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis' bruised defense finally got some help Sunday.
Four days after team owner Jim Irsay ignited speculation about a possible trade with a series of Twitter posts, the Colts acquired former first-round draft pick Vontae Davis to solidify their secondary.
Miami will get Indy's 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 an MRI confirmed defensive tackle Brandon McKinney injured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Pagano said McKinney would likely go on injured reserve soon, ending his season.
McKinney, one of several ex-Ravens now in Indianapolis (No. 32 in AP Pro32), 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 Indy make a smooth transition from their traditional 4-3 defensive front to Pagano's preferred 3-4 hybrid.
It's been that kind of preseason for the Colts, who have lost two backup linebackers with season-ending knee injuries and will be without starting inside linebacker Pat Angerer (fractured foot) for several more weeks.
The Colts also played Saturday without new defensive end Cory Redding (knee) or linebacker Robert Mathis (shoulder) and have now lost the 345-pound McKinney in the middle of the defensive line.
"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.
"You'd love to have them all playing together just from a communication standpoint and a trust standpoint and all those types of things. So it's been a challenge for Greg Manusky and our defensive coaches. ... It seems like every time we come out of a preseason game or what not, we're adding somebody new to the mix."
Davis is the newest addition and will fill a huge void.
Jerraud Powers has been a solid starter at one cornerback spot each of the past three seasons and was expected to do the same again this year.
But with no clear winner in the competition for the other spot, new general manager Ryan Grigson began talking with the Dolphins about Davis.
The No. 25 overall pick in the 2009 draft was a starter since his rookie season, but his effort and conditioning were questioned during this summer's training camp and he lost his starting job to newcomer Richard Marshall.