Niners OT Anthony Davis reinstated by NFL

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  • By Tyler Dragon NFL.com
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The 49ers have had a mass exodus of impact players leave the franchise over the last couple of years. Now San Francisco is getting one back.

Offensive tackle Anthony Davis has been reinstated by the NFL and subsequently has been added to the 49ers' 90-man roster, according to the team.

Davis will report to the Niners' training camp facility on Saturday, ending his one-year retirement. The right tackle filed to be reinstated earlier in the week and now has officially received his clearance.

The 2010 No. 11 overall draft pick retired in June 2015 in order to allow his brain and body "a chance to heal", but left the door open to making his return. At the time of his departure, Davis was one of San Francisco's best linemen. His return doesn't have the same assurance.

San Francisco placed nose tackle Ian Williams on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List in order to make room for Davis.

Davis, 26, started all 71 games he appeared in with the Niners from 2010-2014. Now the tackle has to try to earn his keep.

Erik Pears was penciled in as the starter at right tackle with Trent Brown as the team's backup. Davis' reinstatement now brings a healthy competition at right tackle during training camp.

Prior to his retirement, Davis would have been the clear choice at the position. In the present day, he has to earn the 49ers' starting right tackle position back.

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