Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Bills cornerback Vontae Davis leaves the game and retires DURING halftime

Bills cornerback Vontae Davis leaves the game and retires DURING halftime

The Bills fell 31-20 to the Los Angeles Chargers in their home opener and saw their veteran cornerback literally retire at halftime.

It was a shock, and also a bit amusing given that the cornerback left his team in the middle of a blowout loss after sustaining an even bigger blowout in Week 1.

Davis, 30, later released a statement explaining his decision to walk away from the game.

'Never seen it, ever. "I've never heard anything like that", the Bills' Kyle Williams said of Davis's decision. And McDermott revealed he took over the defensive play-calling from co-ordinator Leslie Frazier to start the second half. "But I hold myself to a standard". They said, he's not coming out.

Davis was credited with one tackle.

Davis changed into his street clothes at halftime and left the stadium, ESPN.com reported, citing an unidentified source. Mentally, I always expect myself to play at a high level.

Davis was a surprise omission for the Bills' season-opening 47-3 loss at Baltimore last week, despite his coach saying he was not injured at the time.

Though Davis said he meant no "disrespect" to his fellow players, one made clear that he didn't interpret it that way.

'But physically, I know today that isn't possible and I had an honest moment with myself.

The Bills signed Davis to a one-year deal in February that included a $2.25 million base salary and a $1.5 million signing bonus.

"I don't want to get into all that", second-year coach Sean McDermott told reporters after the game. "There were roadblocks and pitfalls along the way, but I am grateful to God for all of it because he doesn't promise any of us an easy journey".

The Chargers defence did their part in limiting the Bills to 110 yards and two field goals in the first half. "I thought the defense played with a lot of energy in the second half".

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