An Indianapolis Colts secondary already missing two key contributors lost their most important one in the second quarter of Monday night's 20-7 home loss to the New York Jets at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Pro Bowl cornerback Vontae Davis suffered a concussion near the end of the first half and didn't return.
The Colts are already without starting cornerback Greg Toler, who hasn't played yet due to a neck injury, and nickel back Darius Butler, who suffered a hip injury in the season opener. Because the team is in a short week with a Sunday game at Tennessee, there's less time for Davis to pass the NFL's mandatory concussion protocol and be cleared by an independent doctor.
Davis, who made the Pro Bowl for the first time last season, shut out Buffalo wide receiver Sammy Watkins in the season opener. He allowed his first reception of the year in the first quarter against the Jets, when Eric Decker caught a 6-yard touchdown pass.
It would be an understatement to say the Colts can't afford to lose Davis for an extended amount of time. He's the team's highest-paid player and best defensive player.
Moncrief has big game
Second-year wide receiver Donte Moncrief continues to produce as the team's No. 3 option as he caught a team-high seven passes for 122 yards and scored the Colts' only touchdown on a 26-yard catch. The seven catches tied his rookie best and the yardage was 12 shy of his career high.
Last week, Moncrief was counted upon more after Pro Bowl wide receiver T.Y. Hilton suffered a knee bruise at Buffalo and responded with six catches for 46 yards and one touchdown.
The 2014 third-round selection out of Mississippi had two 100-yard receiving games as a rookie and made several difficult catches to show his potential but also had periods of inconsistency. Proving he could be reliable week in and week out has been his focus this season. He caught 32 passes for 444 yards and three TDs in 2014.
"I feel like I'm getting better," he said. "I just keep learning from those guys that's in front of me, T.Y. and Andre Johnson, and just keep taking everything from them and just go from there."
Anderson gets first sack
Rookie defensive tackle Henry Anderson, who had a team-high nine tackles in his pro debut, recorded the first sack of his career and the only one for the Colts so far. The third-round selection out of Stanford had five tackles including two for losses.
Safety Mike Adams had an interception for the Colts' first and only takeaway in two games.
Outside linebacker Robert Mathis played for the first time in more than a year and had one tackle and one quarterback hurry. He was used strictly in pass-rush situations.
Allen exits with ankle injury
Tight end Dwayne Allen didn't play the second half because of an ankle injury. Injuries have dogged the 2012 third-round draft choice, who missed 15 games in 2013 and three last year.
He has just three catches for 17 yards with one touchdown this season. Not that the Colts were looking his way this night as neither Allen nor tight end Coby Fleener were targeted once.
Allen caught 45 passes for 521 yards and three scores as a rookie. He had 29 receptions for 395 yards and eight TDs last season.
Fleener, a 2012 second-round draft choice, has one 5-yard reception in two games this season. In three-plus seasons, he's caught 130 passes for 1,668 yards and 14 TDs, including eight scores last season.
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