7:32pm: Davis’ retirement stems somewhat from the concussion he suffered earlier this season. “I just want to keep my time and mind intact,” Davis posted on Twitter. He suffered a concussion in practice Sept. 15, per Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle, and didn’t practice with the 49ers after that injury.
6:41pm: Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. The 49ers announced that offensive lineman Anthony Davis is retiring from the NFL.
Davis, a first-round pick in 2010, originally announced his retirement during the summer of 2015, citing injury concerns. He returned to the 49ers this offseason and it’s not quite clear if both sides were happy with the reunion. New coach Chip Kelly asked Davis to move over to the interior line and he may or may not have been acting in protest when he missed a crucial practice prior to the season-opener.
Davis, 27 in October, has not seen the field since SF’s strong debut against the Rams. Prior to tonight’s surprising announcement, he was considered to be questionable for this week’s matchup against the Cowboys due to concussion-like symptoms. Davis missed nine games in 2014 due to injury and called his retirement a break for his body and brain.
The Rutgers product has had an unusual career to say the least, but he is ostensibly putting his long-term health ahead of his football aspirations with today’s announcement. We here at PFR wish Davis the best in retirement.
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