49ers offensive lineman Anthony Davis retires for second time


49ers offensive lineman Anthony Davis retires for second time

Editor's note: The above video is from July 31, 2016.

Offensive lineman Anthony Davis, 26, on Monday retired for the second time in 15 months.

“Offensive lineman Anthony Davis informed the team that he has retired from the National Football League,” the 49ers announced in a statement.

Davis stepped away from the game in June 2015 to let his mind and body to heal, he said. Davis originally entered the NFL in 2010, as the 49ers traded up two spots to select him at No. 11 overall in the draft.

"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.

After stating throughout his one-season hiatus that he planned to return to the NFL and be the best right tackle in the NFL, Davis left plenty of room for doubt when he did not participate in the 49ers’ offseason program. However, Davis applied for reinstatement less than a week before training camp opened in late-July.

The NFL approved Davis’ application for reinstatement and he reported to training camp on time.

Second-year player Trent Brown beat out Davis for the starting job at right tackle. Davis was moved to right guard, where he was in line to open the regular season as the starter.

But two days before the 49ers’ season opener against the Los Angeles Rams, Davis did not attend practice and contemplated retirement, multiple sources told CSNBayArea.com.

The 49ers ended up moving Davis back to tackle, where he served as a backup for the opener. Andrew Tiller was the 49ers’ starting right guard.

Davis was diagnosed with a concussion after a padded practice on Thursday, Sept. 15. He was not cleared to play in the game Sept. 18 against the Carolina Panthers or on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Davis did not make the trips to those cities with is teammates, which is standard for a player in the concussion protocol.

In 2014, before retiring for the first time, Davis had an injury plagued season. He underwent offseason surgery on his left shoulder. He was plagued by hamstring, knee and ankle injuries that limited him in the early part of the 2014 season.

Davis also sustained a concussion that sidelined him for four weeks. Davis appeared in just seven games in 2014 after starting every game at right tackle in his first four NFL seasons.

During the time he experienced post-concussion symptoms, Davis provided a sobering glimpse of what he was enduring.

“You look out and it’s a white fog,” Davis said. “Or just having simple conversation, you feel slowed down. . . . It’s scary when your brain is not working how it’s supposed to, and the culture of this league is big, tough guy.”

Still unconvinced there is a place for Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL


Still unconvinced there is a place for Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL

I hadn’t considered the notion of Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles bombing quite so badly Thursday night, so I hadn’t considered the notion advanced by Pro Football Talk Friday morning that Jacksonville might be a great place for Colin Kaepernick.

That’s because I long ago stopped considering the idea that Kaepernick’s exile from football was, or is, about football. It isn’t. He is the example for future player/miscreants, and trotting his name out every time a quarterback in the new NFL vomits up a practice game on national television is simply perpetuating a lie.

Until someone gets so desperate that it isn’t any more.

That’s the problem with being so definitive about Kaepernick’s perpetual ban. It only takes one owner with a willingness to stick a middle finger up to the objections and say, “I own a football team, not some branch of the USO” to end this national spitfest once and for all. And yes, I say owner because this is an owner’s decision, solely and completely. In the hypothetical of Kaepernick the Jaguar, it will be made not by Doug Marrone, who is merely a coach, or by Tom Coughlin, who is only the general manager, but Shahid Khad, one of the brightest and quietly more powerful owners in the league.

But the odds still scream No Kaep For You, because it would mean that exhibition games matter for judgmental purposes (which they don’t), that Bortles is somehow worse than half the quarterbacks in the NFL (he is part of an amorphous blob of non-producers whose numbers are growing as the differences between college and pro football offenses expand), and that owners easily break away from the herd once the herd has decided on something (Khan is not a rebel in the Jerry Jones mold by any means).

In other words, I remain unconvinced that there is a place for Colin Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL. And he’s probably better off.

Zuttah ends up back with Ravens after release from 49ers


Zuttah ends up back with Ravens after release from 49ers

One week after center Jeremy Zuttah played his way off the 49ers’ roster in short order, he ended up back with the team that got rid of him to open the offseason.

The Baltimore Ravens on Friday announced the signing of Zuttah, whom the 49ers released on Aug. 9 after acquiring him from the Ravens in a March trade.

The 49ers determined center Daniel Kilgore was clearly better than Zuttah. Moreover, Zuttah he did not demonstrate any promise of being an asset at either of the guard positions.

Zuttah, 31, played the past three seasons with the Ravens after six seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Zuttah was named to his first Pro Bowl after last season.

The 49ers originally acquired Zuttah in a swap of sixth-round draft picks. The Ravens received the 49ers’ pick at No. 186 and selected Virginia Tech safety Chuck Clark. The 49ers took over Baltimore’s selection at No. 198 and chose Mississippi defensive tackle D.J. Jones.

The 49ers are confident in Kilgore and offensive tackles Joe Staley and Trent Brown. However, there is concern at the guard positions.

Brandon Fusco appears to be earning the confidence of the coaching staff at right guard. But left guard remains a concern. Zane Beadles is currently the starter while Joshua Garnett rehabs from arthroscopic knee surgery to repair cartilage. The 49ers are hopeful Garnett will be available for the opening of the regular season.