San Francisco 49ers

Vernon Davis goes from ‘bad’ to ‘much better’ with back injury

It's certainly an imprecise determination, but it's quite possible that Vernon Davis' outing against the Rams on Monday was his worst game ever, or at the very least, his worst in a long, long time.

Davis caught three catches for 30 yards but seemed tentative with the ball in his hands. He also dropped two passes, was flagged for a false start and had an unfortunate collision with fellow tight end Vance McDonald in the end zone in the fourth quarter on a pass either could have caught for an easy touchdown.

But there was a reason for his struggles, Davis said. He tried to push through the pain of a back injury that had kept him out of the previous week's contest but was still bothered by the injury.

“Bad,” Davis said when asked how he felt. “Not good. Hurting. Pain.”

One of the few good-news scenarios for San Francisco as it heads for Denver is that Davis is closer to being back to normal. “I feel much better than I did (Monday),” he said. “Last week was tough. It was challenging for me.”

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