Former 49ers right tackle Anthony Davis expressed a desire to return to football next season.
While coach Jim Tomsula did not consider what that could mean for the 49ers on the field, he viewed the update as a positive sign that Davis is feeling well.
“First of all, I’m not thinking about the playing side with Anthony,” Tomsula said on Tuesday. “He’s taking care of Anthony. I’m excited about hearing that he’d like to come back with football. I think that speaks volumes of where he’s at and how he’s feeling.
“That’s a different time and a different place. It does make you feel good. Obviously, things are going in the right direction for him.”
On Monday, when a fan asked Davis on Twitter if there’s any chance he’ll be back next season, Davis responded, “Yes, that's the Plan.”
Davis, a five-year NFL veteran, turns 26 in October. He stepped away from the sport this offseason due to health concerns, he said.
"After a few years of thought, I've decided it will be best for me to take a year or so away from the NFL,” Davis wrote in a statement upon announcing his decision in June. “This will be a time for me to allow my Brain and Body a chance to heal. I know many won't understand my decision, that’s ok.”
Davis battled shoulder, hamstring and knee injuries through the middle of the season. On Nov. 16, he sustained a concussion against the New York Giants and missed the following four games as he continued to experience post-concussion symptoms.
Davis started the first 72 games of his career, including playoffs, before missing the first three games of last season. He started just seven games last season before announcing his plan to step away.
If Davis decides to return next season, he would still be under contract to the 49ers for five more seasons. Veteran Erik Pears is slated to replace Davis in the 49ers’ new zone-blocking scheme under new offensive line coach Chris Foerster. Rookie Trent Brown is viewed as a possible starter in the future.