SANTA CLARA – San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly said it was his decision to insert Andrew Tiller at right guard in place of Anthony Davis over the weekend.
Davis did not practice on Saturday, and multiple sources told CSNBayArea.com Davis contemplated his future with the team. After some period of indecision, Davis opted to remain with the team and attend practice on Sunday.
"There was just a miscommunication, but he was back on Sunday and he had a real good Sunday for us and was good today," Kelly said. "Got a chance to get a couple snaps in there at the end."
Davis did not get onto the field until the final three snaps of the 49ers' 28-0 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. He made his official return after sitting out last season to let his mind and body heal, he said.
He entered the game at right tackle, replacing starter Trent Brown. The 49ers' game Monday night was the first of his six-year NFL career in which he did not start at right tackle.
"As I looked at it going through it, it was really my decision and I told AD that we were just going to start Tiller going into this game," Kelly said.
"We knew that was a pretty formidable front. We'll continue to grow A.D. Again, he's missed a lot of football and he's coming back. And, I'll give him credit, handling it like a professional. But, it was my decision in terms of starting Tiller in this game."
Kelly did not elaborate when asked about the reports that Davis was considering retirement.
"It was just a miscommunication," Kelly said. "I had a long talk with Anthony on Saturday and everything has been ironed out. He's good to go.
"It was a miscommunication between myself and Anthony and we don't have a miscommunication any longer."
Davis was not available for comment.