Bills CB Vontae Davis pulls self from game, reportedly retires at halftime


Vontae Davis stunned the National Football League on Sunday when he retired at halftime of the Buffalo Bills home game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

McDermott spoke with reporters afterwards and explained that Davis voluntarily left the game in the first half.

The Chargers won their fourth straight meeting against the Bills, and haven't trailed Buffalo since a 23-14 loss on October 19, 2008.

Former teammate Lorenzo Alexander was a little less diplomatic when talking about Davis, per ESPN.

"Never seen anything like that - Pop Warner, high school, college, pros. I've never heard anything like that", the Bills' Kyle Williams said of Davis's decision. "Never seen it. And it's just completely disrespectful to his teammates". He said people on the sidelines said Davis wasn't coming back out and retired.

While he didn't mention the futility of Allen or the team in general, one has to think those factors played into his thinking. In fact, the Bills outscored the Chargers 14-3 in the second half, highlighted by rookie quarterback Josh Allen's first career touchdown pass in his first career start.

Davis, 30, was a healthy scratch for the Bills' regular-season opener in favor of Phillip Gaines, who started the Bills' 47-3 loss in Week 1 to the Baltimore Ravens.

"We're family", Bush said.

"This isn't how I pictured retiring from the NFL", Davis said in the statement.

Davis played just five games in 2017 with the Indianapolis Colts before suffering a torn groin muscle.

But today on the field, reality hit me fast and hard: I shouldn't be out there anymore.

"I hold myself to a standard". Mentally, I always expect myself to play at a high level.

"I didn't change all that much, honestly", McDermott said.

It took almost 95 minutes of game time for the Bills to finally find the end zone.