Defenders step up for playoff-bound Colts



INDIANAPOLIS

The football careers of Indianapolis cornerbacks Vontae Davis and Darius Butler didn’t officially intersect until Sept. 25.

By then, Davis already had a 15-tackle head start.

Acquired by the Colts in a trade with the Miami Dolphins, Davis enjoyed the luxury of getting to know new teammates and a new system in the days leading up to the team’s Sept. 9 opener at Chicago. Indy plucked Butler off the waiver wire two days after the embarrassing Week 3 home loss to woeful Jacksonville.

The Colts are Butler’s third team in four seasons. Davis is on franchise No. 2 in this, his fourth year.

It’s an experiment that could have blown up in the face of general ­manager Ryan Grigson, pairing two physically gifted — albeit it rumored-to-be underachieving — athletes in the Colts defensive secondary.

The opposite has occurred.

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