Davis, who took a hard hit to his sternum during Wednesday's practice, is not expected to play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Vikings, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic Denver reports.
The extent of Davis' injury isn't clear at this point, but the linebacker's ability to go through some sort of pre-game drills Saturday suggests he isn't dealing with anything major. In Davis' absence, Zaire Anderson should open the game with the first-team defense.
Davis was one of the Broncos' biggest unrestricted free agents to hit the open market and his return is great news for Denver. The five-year veteran has played in all but two games for the team over the past three seasons while serving as a starter at inside linebacker for the past two. He isn't an elite IDP prospect considering he's averaged only 89.5 tackles per game in that role, but he nonetheless remains on the fantasy radar ahead of the 2018 campaign.
Davis wrapped up 2017 with 48 solo tackles, 34 assisted tackles, and a sack in 2017.
Davis, a run-stuffing cog opposite the more athletic Brandon Marshall, now faces free agency. It'll be interesting to see what Denver does here. Third-down backer Cory Nelson has been serviceable in limited snaps and Davis has been a goat as often as he's been a hero during his tenure in Mile High. Davis has helped Denver blow up numerous short-yardage and goal-line plays with his physicality only to turn around and serve as a liability in covering backs and tight ends. Those sorts of players tend not to command big salaries in free agency.
Davis exited Sunday's win over the Jets to be evaluated for a concussion, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.
Davis left in the closing stages of the blowout victory and did not return. It remains unclear whether the 25-year-old will enter the league-mandated concussion protocol, as the injury hasn't been confirmed.
|3||9/23/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|5||10/7/18||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|7||10/18/18||@ ARI||8:20 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/18/18||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|13||12/2/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|16||12/24/18||@ OAK||8:15 pm|
|2014||New Orleans Saints||3||3||3.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2014||New Orleans Saints||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|