Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis awaits word of NFL reinstatement off reserve/retired list


Anthony Davis awaits word of NFL reinstatement off reserve/retired list

More than a week after offensive lineman Anthony Davis applied for NFL reinstatement off the reserve/retired list, the 49ers’ No. 10 overall draft pick of 2010 awaits the go-ahead in his attempt to revive his football career.

The NFL has yet to inform the 49ers that Davis, 29, who remains under contract to the organization, has been approved for reinstatement.

There is no timetable for such a move, but if Davis is serious about a return, there is some urgency for him to join a team in order to take part in the offseason program ahead of the opening of training camp in late-July.

The 49ers have not publicly commented on Davis’ apparent interest in resuming his NFL career, but it seems unlikely the organization would be willing to bring him back after he stepped away from football for the entire 2015 season and again in 2016 after appearing in just one game.

Davis sustained a concussion in 2014 that left him in a state he described as a “white fog” for an extended period of time. Several months after that season, he announced he was stepping away to let his body and brain to heal. When he retired 15 months later, he said he wanted to keep “my time and mind intact.”

In the letter applying for reinstatement that he sent to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last week, which Pro Football Talk published, Davis cited improved safety and the lower rate of concussions as key elements in his decision to attempt to again play professional football.

In July 2016, the NFL reinstated Davis less than a week after he applied to resume his career.

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Earlier this offseason, 49ers defensive tackle Cedric Thornton was reinstated off the reserve/retired list. Thornton is taking part in the team’s offseason program in Santa Clara.

Two years ago, former 49ers running back Glen Coffee, a third-round draft pick in 2009, was reinstated off the reserve-retired list seven years after walking away from the sport, and the 49ers promptly waived him. He never got another chance to play in the NFL.

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NFL rumors: Ex-49ers lineman Anthony Davis applies for reinstatement

NFL rumors: Ex-49ers lineman Anthony Davis applies for reinstatement

Anthony Davis, the 29-year-old former 49ers player who stepped away from the NFL for the 2015 season and retired after appearing in one game in 2016, reportedly has decided to try to play football again.

Davis sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday seeking formal reinstatement from the league's reserve/retired list. Davis forwarded a copy of the letter to Pro Football Talk, which published the letter Friday.

The 49ers still hold Davis' contract rights, according to a league source.

Davis entered the NFL in 2010 as a first-round draft pick of the 49ers. The club traded up two spots to select him at No. 11 overall. He appeared in 72 games, including starting all 16 games in his first four NFL seasons.

But he sustained a concussion in 2014, and felt the effects for the remainder of the season. He announced in June 2015 that he would not play that season in order to let his mind and body to heal.

When Davis returned to football in 2016, Trent Brown had taken over as the 49ers' right tackle. Davis played just three snaps of offense and four plays on special teams in the opener of the 2016 season before deciding to retire.

"I just want my time and mind intact, when you lose em both, you can't buy em back," Davis tweeted shortly after the team announcement.

In the letter submitted this week to the NFL, Davis said he felt better about how the league was addressing the concussion issue:

“On January 24, 2019, I read articles by 3 different sources pertaining to there being a significant decrease in concussions in the NFL, down by 29 percent in the 2018 season,” Davis writes. “Excited to see that the changes you and your staff have made to the rules, and the allowance of safer equipment to be worn has had a positive effect, I confided with my family and on January 28, 2019 I made the decision that I’d love to play in the NFL again.”

According to PFT, Davis said he delayed applying for reinstatement so that he could enter the Drug Free Sports Drug Testing Program. He said he has no missed tests, no failed tests or violated any of the compliance issues in the past 92 days.

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“I understand that playing in the NFL is a privilege and I have matured to a point in my life where I am prepared to represent myself, the NFL, and my family with the utmost class, respect and professionalism,” Davis wrote in the letter to the NFL. “I appreciate the strides the NFL is making to protect players and better the game for all. I also appreciate this opportunity and I do not take this for granted.”