Ed Davis can finally play football again.

The Michigan State linebacker’s status was in limbo after he applied for a sixth year of eligibility. Davis had to graduate from MSU this summer to be deemed eligible for consideration.

That he did, and after weeks of waiting, Davis will finally be allowed to join the Spartans as a full participant.

Davis suffered a season-ending knee injury as a redshirt senior before the start of the 2015 season. He served as a student assistant while he waited to hear back from the NCAA during fall camp.

The MSU linebacker did pass his summer school classes, which allowed him to at least practice with the team. Now, he can play with the team.

The timing actually isn’t all bad for Davis. The Spartans have a rare bye week in the second weekend of the season, which means that Davis will have a little bit of extra time to get up to speed before MSU travels to South Bend to take on Notre Dame.

With Davis back, MSU returns a guy with 80 career tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks in 40 career games. He figures to immediately step into the SAM linebacker spot.

Ironically enough, Davis is cousins with four-star 2018 recruit Xavier Henderson, who just announced his commitment to the Spartans.

That’s not a bad Friday for that family.