Free-agent tight end Fred Davis told the Buffalo Bills on Thursday he is confident his Achilles tendon injury will be healed in time for next season.
Davis, a five-year veteran of the Washington Redskins, had his second meeting in a week with the Bills. The first was at dinner in Washington, D.C. Thursday’s meeting was at One Bills Drive. He left without signing a contract. He was scheduled to visit the New York Jets today, but several media reports late Thursday had him canceling that visit.
Davis tore his left Achilles tendon in a game Oct. 21. He had surgery that same week, performed by foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C. Some players with Achilles tendon injuries can be out 10 to 12 months. Some return sooner. Baltimore Ravens pass rusher Terrell Suggs, whose Achilles was repaired by Anderson last March, was out only five months before returning to help the Ravens win the Super Bowl. Suggs played about 50 snaps a game the last 12 games of Baltimore’s season.
“I’m way ahead of schedule,” Davis said. “I don’t know what it is for most guys, but I went to the best doctor in the country – Anderson. Actually Terrell Suggs had the surgery and he came back in five months and played the last few games. Depending on how bad your Achilles was, it depends. I’m on month 4ø right now, and I’m already running on the treadmill, doing drills. So I think I’ll be way ahead of schedule.”
The Redskins also would like him back but don’t have much money under the salary cap.
“This is a business,” Davis said. “You have to see all your options before you make a decision. I won’t make any fast decisions. I’ll wait and see. I’ll make sure I’m all the way confident in what I want to do and go from there.”
Davis caught 59 passes in 12 games in 2011. He was suspended the final four games because he violated the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Another violation of the policy would prompt a season-long suspension. Davis had 23 catches in the first six games of last season before getting hurt early in the seventh game.
Davis said he would be comfortable catching passes from a rookie quarterback in Buffalo.
“They’re scouting for guys right now,” he said, asked to assess the Bills’ QB situation. “I think they probably might draft someone. I don’t know for sure, but I think that’s the direction they’re headed. So I would be confident in that. I think there’s some good guys in the draft right now, and they have a high pick. So I feel confident they’ll probably make a good decision in that area.”
“I think the tight end definitely will be a main factor in this offense,” Davis said of the Buffalo attack.