SANTA CLARA -- Any NFL lineman will tell you life in the trenches is only for the strongest of mind and body, including this year's Bobb McKittrick Award winner Anthony Davis.
"It's a tough job, man," Davis said after the 23-year old's first-ever Super Bowl practice Wednesday. Then he opened his right hand to reveal a pinkie that didn't quite line up with the rest of his fingers.
"My finger is messed up forever."
It might not be, but ever since the 49ers' last trip to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for a 31-21 win over the Saints, Davis has played with a dislocated finger that never quite relocated properly.
"I don't remember the play," Davis recalled. "I just remember it being popped out and someone saying 'Get in the huddle!'"
The 323-pounder had X-rays after the game that confirmed what Davis perceived in the moment; it was dislocated. Davis tweeted out the evidence:
"But now it's stuck like that," Davis said while holding up his right hand to admire it.
Life with a crooked pinkie isn't too different for Davis. It doesn't slow him in day-to-day activities, but he did acknowledged it hurts when it gets hit.
Surgery to re-set the finger is an available option, but Davis hasn't made up his mind.
"I don't know, I think I might do it," Davis said and paused before continuing, "I might keep it."
Certainly if he opts for surgery, it will be after the 49ers' next trip to the Superdome -- a Feb. 3 meeting with the Baltimore Ravens.
*The Bob McKintrick Award is given annually to the 49ers offensive lineman who best represents the courage, intensity and sacrifice displayed by offensive line coach Bob McKittrick during his 21 years of service with the 49ers.