Drew Davis officially returned to practice today. He's been on the regular season PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list since the preseason ended. The Falcons could have activated him after week 6, but he obviously needed a little more time.
For those unfamiliar with his circumstances, Davis' foot just didn't feel right after mini-camp. He underwent a procedure that was only supposed to sideline him for 6 weeks. Four months later, it appears he's finally back in shape. Mike Smith had positive things to say after Davis' return to practice.
"Thought he looked very good. He's been working with our AP department and running and have been able to put consecutive days together. We gave him probably about half of his normal load today, see how he handles it, and make a decision as we get further in the week. We have 21 days, but I wouldn't discount anything with Drew Davis."
Going forward, the Falcons have 21 days to add Davis to the 53 man roster. If they don't, he can't play this year.
To be frank, Davis' spot on the 53 man roster isn't guaranteed. As clutch as he's periodically been, it really depends on the Falcons' willingness to part with either Freddie Martino or Eric Weems. Davis will be a restricted free agent at the end of this season. A likely scenario has the Falcons sending Martino back to the practice squad. On the other hand, a setback of any kind may mean he misses the entire year (and never plays for the Falcons again). And don't forget, roster dark horse/injury settlement recipient Geraldo Boldewijn is officially signable again. That could complicate things for Davis.