Redskins running back James Davis did not play in the preseason game against the Steelers. What he did today may ensure that he doesn't play in any NFL games ever again.
Davis has some talent and there was some buzz that the Redskins may have found a keeper when they signed him to a practice squad contract in midseason last year. After a rash of injuries at the running back position, they brought him up to the active roster. Davis appeared in three games but issues in pass protection landed him on the inactive list for the last several weeks of the season.
Davis has done nothing to distinguish himself in practice and it was not much of a surprise when he did not play against the Steelers. There are reports that the expressed his unhappiness over his lack of playing time to a coach during a meeting on Sunday.
That part is unclear. What is clear is that he did not show up at Redskins Park for practice today. Mike Shanahan said that the absence was unexcused and that Davis was "missing in action."
Bad career move, James.
Remember when Jim Riggleman walked out as manager of the Nationals? Yeah, that is working out well for him. He is now a scout for the Giants and it is unlikely that he will ever manage again. Simply put, nobody likes a quitter, no matter how justified his departure may have been.
It was unlikely that anything that Davis could have done would have help him make the Redskins' roster. He was the last-string running back on the depth chart, behind even rookie free agent Shaun Draughn. But by walking out, he certainly scared off a number of teams that might have given him a shot somewhere down the line. And when you are one of those players on the edge, having any teams cross you off their lists of potential hires is not a good omen for your future.
Certainly, Davis' frustration level had to be high--again, he does have some ability--but he needed to stick with it until he was released.