In a Washington Post article that breaks the news that there is no news to report from Redskins Park (not taking a shot here, I’m putting up similar posts), the lede is buried down in the sixth paragraph:
Davis ruptured his left Achilles’ tendon and was lost for the final nine games of the season. He is ahead of schedule in his recovery, one source said, but Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen indicated last week that the team wouldn’t make a decision on Davis until later in the spring.
Most Redskins fans and analysts reflexively cringe at the words “ahead of schedule” since it has been used in reference to the progress of Robert Griffin III’s knee. But that surgery took place six weeks ago and we’re talking about a recovery that will take a minimum of about eight months. Davis had his surgery about four months ago and he is working on an estimated six-month recovery timetable. One can put more credence in evaluations of a rehab that is well over halfway to its scheduled completion over those concerned in process that is barely 20 percent over.
So, it is possible that Davis is really doing exceptionally well in his rehab. So what will that do to his free agent timetable?
Free agency opens on March 12, about five months after Davis’ injury. If he’s ahead of schedule, will he be close to 100 percent by then? Or at least close enough to it to be able to evaluate if it will hinder him when he hits the field in September?
As noted in the excerpt above, Bruce Allen said in Richmond last week that the Redskins would evaluate Davis later in the spring. But you have to ask if he will still be there if they want to wait until sometime in April to get around to serious contract talks with him.