Here’s a little reminder that players can sustain concussions even when they’re practicing football. That’s apparently what happened to 49ers offensive tackle Anthony Davis, who suddenly popped up on the injury report on Friday and will miss the team’s Week 2 tilt in Carolina.
According to Eric Branch for the San Francisco Chronicle, Davis sustained the concussion during practice on Thursday and reported it to the medical staff afterward. There is no timetable for his return.
It’s not a huge loss for the 49ers in terms of their plan for Sunday. Davis is currently serving as a reserve lineman for San Francisco, which has Joe Staley at left tackle and Trent Brown on the right. Assuming both players are healthy, Davis would only contribute on special teams.
It is disappointing news for Davis, however, as all concussions should be, but particularly for the 26-year-old after returning to football from a one-year retirement. After starting 71 games for the 49ers, Davis decided to take the 2015 season off “to let his brain and body heal.”
Unfortunately, all the time off in the world isn’t necessarily going to prevent concussions, and once a person has had one, they will always be more susceptible in the future. Hopefully Davis gets healthy soon, but it will be interesting to see if this impacts his decision to continue playing football down the road.