The Redskins moved Vernon Davis to the injured reserve on Friday, the team announced.
The move ends Davis' 2019 season, and with the veteran tight end turning 36 in January, bringing into question if this is the end of his NFL career.
Davis suffered a concussion Week 4 against the Giants, the seventh of his career, and never got out of the NFL's concussion protocol. At various times since Week 4 Davis was able to practice, but he never moved on.
Redskins interim head coach Bill Callahan was asked for an update on Davis' status this week, but the coach could provide no update.
The team will bring defensive lineman Ryan Bee from the practice squad to take Davis' roster spot. The move for Bee brings some questions about Daron Payne's availability for Sunday after the stud D-linemen sprained his ankle last week against the Jets. Payne did not practice all week, and while Callahan would not rule the second-year star out of Alabama out for the Lions game on Sunday, the coach did not sound overly optimistic that Payne would be on the field either.
Davis has had an incredible NFL career and is all over the all-time record book for tight ends. Drafted sixth overall by San Francisco in 2006, Davis has 5,640 career receiving yards to go with 63 touchdowns. In Washington since 2016, Davis had a career renaissance, at times playing alongside Jordan Reed and often stepping up in his absence. In 50 games with the Redskins, Davis has 122 catches for 1,721 yards and eight touchdowns.
In the final year of his contract, Davis counted more than $6 million against the Recdskins 2019 salary cap. There was some question if the Redskins would release Davis prior to free agency, but the team didn't, largely because of his elite speed.
Going forward, it's unknown if the Redskins would try to bring back Davis for the 2020 season or allow him to hit free agency. With just 10 catches in four games in 2019, it doesn't seem likely. Washington could also be in for a massive front office and coaching overhaul that would bring many more questions beyond Davis.
One thing is certain: Davis keeps himself in incredible physical shape and still has high-end speed for a tight end. If this marks the end of Davis' NFL career, there is plenty for the former Maryland Terrapin to look back on with pride.
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