Reporting Chuck Carroll
LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Washington Redskins running back Tristan Davis has abruptly retired from the NFL.
Davis informed head coach Mike Shanahan of his decision Tuesday morning.
“Tristan Davis came to my office earlier this morning and said that his heart wasn’t in playing football anymore so he retired,” Shanahan said. “Unless he changes his mind, that is where he is at.”
Davis’ NFL career began in 2009 when he signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent out of Auburn. He spent a portion of that season on the team’s practice squad before beginning a ping-pong journey around the league.
His career includes brief stops with the Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, and Pittsburgh Steelers in addition to Washington where he has been since 2011. He was a member of each teams practice squad, but never made the 53-man roster.
Davis, 27, was a long shot to make the roster this season with a crowded backfield consisting of Alfred Morris, Evan Royster, Roy Helu and rookie Chris Thompson.
He spent last season on injured reserve after injuring his right knee in the Redskins final preseason game.