Former 49ers right tackle Anthony Davis, who was placed on the team’s reserve/retired list in June, confirmed Monday morning he plans to make a comeback in 2016.
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. “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, a first-round pick in the 2010 draft, made just seven starts last season, as he 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.
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.