Vernon Davis

Vernon Davis

Tight End #85
Team: Washington Redskins
Ht / Wt:6'3" / 250 lb.
College:Maryland
Age:36
Born:January 31, 1984
Drafted:2006 / Rd. 1 (6)
Draft Team:SF

Vernon Davis: Set to retire

Davis plans to retire as an NFL player, ESPN's John Keim reports.

Analysis: An official announcement to that effect is in line to be made later this month, but the 36-year-old -- who earlier in his career had a run as a quality fantasy tight end -- will call it quits after concussion symptoms limited him to just four games and 10 catches for 123 yards and a TD for Washington this past season. Tabbed No. 6 overall by the 49ers in the 2006 NFL Draft, the 6-foot-3, 248-pounder racked up 583 catches for 7,562 yards and 63 touchdowns over the course of 198 regular season games as a pro.

February 2, 2020 1:17 PM EST

Vernon Davis: Contemplating retirement

Davis (concussion) hasn't made a decision on retirement, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Davis will turn 36 on Jan. 31, after missing the final 12 games of the 2019 campaign due to concussion symptoms. He's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, with potential to earn a backup role if he decides to continue his football career. Davis has caught 583 passes for 7,562 yards and 63 touchdowns in 14 NFL seasons, and his showing at the 2006 combine remains one of the all-time-great workouts in league history.

January 30, 2020 9:40 AM EST

Vernon Davis: Headed to IR

The Redskins are placing Davis (concussion) on injured reserve, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Analysis: The 35-year-old hasn't been able to play since he suffered a concussion in Week 4, leaving Jeremy Sprinkle as Washington's top choice at tight end. Given his age as well as the serious nature of his injury, it won't come as any surprise if Davis decides to retire. His contract expires at the end of the season.

November 22, 2019 1:36 PM EST

Vernon Davis: Still limited in practice

Davis (concussion was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Davis has been limited during practices for seven weeks now, with Washington offering little indication of when he might be ready to resume taking contact. Barring a change in the status quo, Davis will presumably be ruled out for Sunday's game against the Lions shortly after Friday's practice concludes.

November 21, 2019 2:08 PM EST

Vernon Davis: Limited in practice Wednesday

Davis (concussion) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Davis is progressing through the league's five-step protocol for head injuries. He's missed six consecutive games and has been unable to advance beyond limited practice sessions for over a month. If the veteran tight end is sidelined again Week 12, expect Jeremy Sprinkle to draw another start at tight end.

November 20, 2019 2:09 PM EST

Vernon Davis: Missing sixth straight game

Davis (concussion) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Analysis: Since entering the concussion protocol after the Redskins' Week 4 loss to the Giants, Davis has remained in a holding pattern in his recovery from the head injury, as he hasn't advanced beyond limited participation in practices. With Davis still having yet to receive clearance for contact, Jeremy Sprinkle will get another turn as the Redskins' starting tight end this weekend.

November 15, 2019 12:36 PM EST

Vernon Davis: Still in concussion protocol

Interim coach Bill Callahan said Davis remains in the concussion protocol, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: There doesn't seem to be an end on sight to Davis' absence, which reached five games before the Redskins' Week 10 bye. Prior to the team-wide respite, he was able practice in a limited capacity for the better part of a month, so he seems to have passed a few phases in the protocol. In the end, though, Davis is subject to an evaluation by an independent neurologist before he'll gain clearance to play again.

November 13, 2019 12:19 PM EST

Vernon Davis: Ruled out with concussion

Davis (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Davis has been a limited participant at every practice the past two weeks, unable to pass through the final stages of the concussion protocol. Jeremy Sprinkle will get at least one more start at tight end, following a 2-24-0 receiving line on three targets and 54 snaps last weekend in Miami.

October 18, 2019 11:53 AM EST

Vernon Davis: Limited in practice again

Davis (concussion) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Davis has been limited in each of Washington's last five official practices, suggesting he hasn't made much meaningful progress in his recovery from the concussion over the past two weeks. Even if he advances to full participation Friday, Davis would still need clearance from an independent neurologist in order to suit up Sunday against the 49ers. Jeremy Sprinkle will start and see the bulk of the snaps at tight end if Davis can't go.

October 17, 2019 1:42 PM EST

Vernon Davis: Logs limited practice

Davis (concussion) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Davis logged a trio of limited practices last week. The veteran continues to progress through the league's concussion protocol, the final step of which will be to receive clearance from an independent neurologist. If Davis is able to get healthy and suit up Sunday against the 49ers, he'll serve as Washington's top option at tight end.

October 16, 2019 1:35 PM EST

Vernon Davis: Out another week

Davis (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Miami.

Analysis: As expected, Davis will miss a second straight game, leaving Jeremy Sprinkle and Jerome Cunningham as Washington's top options at tight end. Davis was listed as a limited practice participant throughout the week, but he hasn't been cleared from the concussion protocol.

October 11, 2019 12:04 PM EST

Vernon Davis: Not expected to play

Davis (concussion) isn't likely to play in Sunday's game at Miami, Craig Hoffman of 106-7 The Fan Washington reports.

Analysis: A limited practice participant the previous two days, Davis is being held out from Friday's session, hinting at a game absence for a second straight week. With Jordan Reed (concussion) out indefinitely, Jeremy Sprinkle is left as the top tight end.

October 11, 2019 9:38 AM EST

Vernon Davis: Another limited practice

Davis (concussion) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: While Washington is likely encouraged by Davis logging some practice activity for the second straight day, he'll need to receive clearance from an independent neurologist before he's ultimately removed from the NFL's concussion protocol. If that doesn't happen in advance of Sunday's game against the Dolphins, a combination of Jeremy Sprinkle, Jerome Cunningham and Hale Hentges would be in line to fill the available snaps at tight end.

October 10, 2019 12:42 PM EST

Vernon Davis: Limited in practice Wednesday

Davis (concussion) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Davis is making his way through the concussion protocol for a second straight week. While he is getting some on-field reps in the first Week 6 session, he'll have to clear a number of hurdles to be cleared for game action, the final of which includes an appointment with an independent neurologist. If Davis joins Jordan Reed (concussion) on the inactive list this Sunday at Miami, the Redskins will turn to Jeremy Sprinkle (47 percent of the offensive snaps Week 5), Jerome Cunningham (22 percent) and perhaps newcomer Hale Hentges, who was claimed off waivers Monday.

October 9, 2019 1:44 PM EST

Vernon Davis: Back at practice

Davis (concussion) is participating in practice Wednesday, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It remains to be seen whether Davis has managed to clear the league's concussion protocol, but his presence at practice Wednesday is a step in the right direction, nonetheless. The veteran tight end was spotted stretching during the portion of practice open to the media, according to Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post, indicating that he may have logged a limited session. With Jordan Reed (concussion) trending towards another missed contest, if Davis suits up versus Miami he'll be in line for the starting tight end role.

October 9, 2019 10:16 AM EST

Vernon Davis: Ruled out with concussion

Davis (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against New England, Craig Hoffman of 106-7 The Fan Washington reports.

Analysis: With Jordan Reed (concussion) still out indefinitely, Washington is down to Jeremy Sprinkle and Jerome Cunningham at tight end. Sprinkle is the better bet to see targets from Week 5 starting quarterback Colt McCoy, having spent the past few seasons behind Reed and Davis on the depth chart.

October 4, 2019 10:52 AM EST

Vernon Davis: Held out again Thursday

Davis (concussion) didn't practice Thursday, Craig Hoffman of 106-7 The Fan Washington reports.

Analysis: Davis has made no progress through the concussion protocol to date, putting the Redskins in a tenuous spot ahead of Sunday's game versus the Patriots. Both Davis and Jordan Reed are dealing with head injuries, which could leave Washington with just Jeremy Sprinkle and Jerome Cunningham at tight end Week 5. The situation likely will be resolved upon the release of Friday's injury report.

October 3, 2019 12:11 PM EST

Vernon Davis: Absent from practice

Davis (concussion) was a non-participant in Wednesday's practice, Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Davis is nursing a head injury and not yet ready to resume limited practice activities. The veteran will need to fully clear the league's concussion protocol before retaking the field, including receiving medical clearance from an independent neurologist, which puts his status for Sunday's game against the Patriots up in the air. Jordan Reed is also in the concussion protocol, leaving Washington with just Jeremy Sprinkle and Jerome Cunningham as healthy options at tight end to start the week.

October 2, 2019 12:14 PM EST

Vernon Davis: Suffering from concussion

Davis is in the concussion protocol, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Redskins cannot get any injury luck this season, or really at most points during the Jay Gruden era. Davis joins fellow tight end Jordan Reed in the protocol, with the latter entering his sixth week in recovery mode from his seventh diagnosed concussion. Davis' listing on Wednesday's injury report will be one to note, but the Redskins' TE group currently includes just two healthy bodies (Jeremy Sprinkle and Jerome Cunningham).

October 1, 2019 3:11 PM EST

Vernon Davis: Totals five yards

Davis caught one of four targets for five yards in Sunday's 24-3 loss to the Giants.

Analysis: Davis turned heads in Week 1 as he ripped off a 48-yard touchdown which featured a highlight-reel hurdle on the opening drive. He's came back down to earth since then, registering six catches for 64 scoreless yards over the last three weeks. Davis will remain the Redskins' No. 1 tight end for as long as Jordan Reed is in concussion protocol, but his upside looks touchdown-dependent.

October 1, 2019 11:34 AM EST

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