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.
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.