The Washington Times - November 27, 2013, 02:26PM

Tight end Fred Davis acknowledged on Wednesday that he was slightly late for a team meeting last week, but denied he had completely missed a meeting and that his limited snaps in his first game in over a month were related to discipline.

“That’s, I mean, that’s not the reason why,” Davis said. “I never really blew off any meeting.”

Davis had been inactive for the Redskins’ previous five games but returned to the field in a 27-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday with top tight end Jordan Reed still recovering from a concussion. He played just eight of the Redskins’ 58 offensive plays, including four on the team’s final possession.

NBC Washington had reported during the game that Davis’ role was reduced as a disciplinary measure stemming from his missed team meetings. Davis said he knew going into the game that he’d likely play a role as the third tight end, which typically allows for only a half-dozen or so plays a game.

Coach Mike Shanahan didn’t deny if Davis’ limited snaps were the result of a disciplinary measure when asked Tuesday.

Tight end Niles Paul, who had been in that role in recent weeks, played 30 snaps against the 49ers. He also filled in for fullback Darrel Young, who missed the game because of a strained hamstring.

Davis, who signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract before the season, was the team’s top tight end but was quickly replaced by Reed, a rookie.

“Yeah, it sucks, man, but you know, I mean, eventually, you only do what you can control,” Davis said. “That’s the only thing I can worry about. When I get an opportunity like last week, just blocking on plays and doing the best of my ability – you know what I’m saying? You’re just trying to get a win for your teammates.”