(Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com| The Times-Picayune) Tyeler Davison was a fixture on the New Orleans Saints’ defensive line in 2016, starting 15 games at nose tackle and playing the second-most snaps of Visit Website any defensive tackle. But, playing throughout the year wasn’t easy as he dealt with pain for nearly the entire season. Davison, a fifth-round pick in 2015, will undergo shoulder surgery Thursday for a torn labrum he suffered in Week 2. “It hurt pretty bad,” Davison said Monday, referring to the injury he’s dealt with since September. Davison is also still recovering from a foot injury he suffered in Week 2, but that won’t require surgery. The combination of injuries forced Davison to miss the Week 3 game, but he returned for Week 4 and played the rest of the season. “The foot was really even worse than that shoulder because you can’t really do athletic stuff with one foot messed up,” he said. “It is what it is.” Davison finished his second season with 23 tackles, two passes defensed and one quarterback hit, but players rarely produce big numbers at his position on the interior. Instead, his teammates have credited him for helping the run defense improve significantly. Dane Swan Collingwood: More surgery needed for Magpie star | Herald SunThe Saints ranked 14th in run defense in 2016 compared to 31st in 2015.
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