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Bills HC McDermott on Vontae Davis’ retirement: ‘His action spoke loud and clear’

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Bills head coach Sean McDermott says he still has a lot of respect for cornerback Vontae Davis, the player who abruptly retired at half-time during the game on Sunday, but says the team is moving forward.

“His actions have spoken, he’s retired… We have not been in-touch with Vontae today,” McDermott reaffirmed speaking Monday afternoon. “His actions spoke loud and clear.”

McDermott adds that he hasn’t had any personal contact with Davis, but wishes him the best.

“You always want the best for them,” said McDermott. “We wish him the best and he’s had a heck of a career.”

Davis reportedly took himself off the field during the contest versus the Chargers and retired during half-time. Some players felt the decision was rude; in a statement, Davis said it came down to his ability to perform.

In a statement, provided via the NFL, Davis wrote: “I meant no disrespect to my teammates and coaches. But I hold myself to a standard. Mentally, I always expect myself to play at a high level. But physically, I know today that isn’t possible, and I had an honest moment with myself.”

Speaking Sunday, veteran lineman Kyle Williams said, “Well I’ve never been around that. Never heard anything like that. The only thing to say is he’s where he needs to be right now.”

McCoy injury

Outside of Davis, McDermott told reporters LeSean McCoy is listed as day-to-day with a rib injury. McCoy was hurt during Sunday’s game after a lineman landed on him at the end of the play.

Early reports from ESPN said McCoy had suffered broken ribs, but those reports were later refuted.

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