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49ers' tackle Davis reinstated

SAN FRANCISCO — Right tackle Anthony Davis was reinstated by the NFL on Saturday after an 11-month retirement that he planned to come back from all along.

The San Francisco 49ers made the announcement ahead of their first day of training camp today under new coach Chip Kelly.

Davis was the 49ers' first-round draft choice, the 11th overall pick, in the 2010 draft out of Rutgers. He was affected by a concussion late in the 2014 season.

On June 5, 2015, at age 25, Davis announced his retirement in another surprising offseason departure last year for the 49ers. He became the fourth prominent San Francisco player to retire in a three-month span, joining linebackers Patrick Willis and Chris Borland and defensive end Justin Smith. The announcement came four days before the team's mandatory June minicamp.

Also Saturday, San Francisco placed nose tackle Ian Williams on the reserve/non-football injury list.

Davis started all 71 games in which he had appeared, as well as eight playoff games. If at his previous top form, he could provide stability to an offensive line that lost Alex Boone to Minnesota in free agency. The line will be called upon to protect a starting quarterback still to be determined from a camp competition between healthy Colin Kaepernick — expected to practice today after recovering from three surgeries — and Blaine Gabbert, promoted last November to the No. 1 job as Kaepernick was benched by then-coach Jim Tomsula.

Davis said in early December 2014 that he was able to drive home following a cross-country flight from New York in November that year despite feeling "loopy" from a concussion he didn't initially realize was so severe.

Davis was experiencing symptoms after he took an elbow to the head during the Nov. 16 victory against the Giants. He missed the next four games before returning for San Francisco's last two contests. The 49ers missed the playoffs after three consecutive trips and a Super Bowl loss after the 2012 season, then parted ways with now-Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.