Craig Davis A Bust? WR Placed On IR

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The San Diego Chargers announced today that Craig ‘Buster’ Davis will be placed on IR:
Chargers place Davis on “Reserve-Injured”

The Chargers have placed wide receiver Buster Davis (groin) on the “Reserve-Injured” list and re-signed tackle Corey Clark to the active roster.

Davis was limited to just four catches for 59 yards this season and missed the last five games while recovering from the injury. Clark spent the first 10 weeks of the season on the 53-man roster and was released this past Saturday to make room for Tra Battle on the active roster. Clark was re-signed to the practice squad after clearing waivers on Monday.

Cornerback Grant Mason will fill Clark’s vacancy on the practice squad. Mason is a 6-0, 198-pound former Michigan Wolverine who spent the 2007 and parts of the 2008 season with Pittsburgh. He began his Steelers career on the practice squad and was signed to the active roster for the last five games of the ’07 season and Pittsburgh’s playoff game against Jacksonville. He again spent time on the Pittsburgh practice squad this season before being waived on Nov. 11.

Dangerously close to living up to his nickname, Buster Davis has drawn scorn among fans for allowing seemingly minor injuries keep him from getting onto the field – both in practice and on Sundays. The San Diego Chargers drafted Buster Davis in the first round of the 2007 draft, over guys like LB Paul Posluszny, LB Lamar Woodley, and OG Justin Blalock. To be fair, there really hasn’t been a wide receiver from the 07 draft class to emerge as starter in the NFL, so we’ll have to wait and see what the future holds. Was Davis really the best receiver left on the board at the time of the Chargers selection? Because he certainly wasn’t the best football player. Davis has only 24 catches in two season, four of which came this season. There is talk that Davis might be ‘soft’ - an extremely undesirable label in a punishing league like the National Football League.

November 20, 2008

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