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Tristan Davis Placed On Exempt List; Intends To Retire

The running back spent all of last season on injured reserve and much of 2011 on the practice squad after joining the Redskins, his sixth team, early in the season.


RICHMOND – Tristan Davis was placed on the exempt/left squad list on Tuesday afternoon after he informed the Redskins of his desire to stop playing football, Mike Shanahan said.


Davis, 27, went undrafted out of Auburn in 2009 and missed all of last season after tearing the ACL in his right knee. He originally joined the Redskins, his sixth team, as a member of the practice squad in October 2011 and had 17 carries for 32 yards last preseason before his injury.

“[He] came to my office earlier this morning and said that his heart wasn’t in playing football anymore, so he retired,” Shanahan said after Tuesday’s practice. “So unless he changes his mind, that’s where he’s at.”

Because he had been in the league for four seasons, including one on injured reserve, Davis needed to make the Redskins’ 53-man roster. Including Davis, there were seven players competing for what may be as few as three spots.

Davis set the single-season record with 756 kickoff return yards at Auburn as a sophomore in 2006, but lost the job the following season because of a foot injury. He had 18 carries for 206 yards in four seasons.

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