Fred Davis and Trent Williams have been suspended for four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, according to Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter. The suspensions will kick in starting next week, and with four games left in the year, their seasons are effectively over. However, it could have been even worse. According to Trotter, this is actually the third offense for both players, and normally that would have been a season-long suspension.
Davis and Williams were informed earlier in the week that they would be suspended for the year because their positive test for marijuana occurred during the season and was at least their third offense under the policy.
However, according to Trotter, the suspensions were reduced as part of a negotiated period between the NFLPA and the league, since the violations occurred in the grace period between the lockout and the season. That eliminated one of the three positive tests. The suspension was for a positive test during the season, but because the ones during the lockout were removed, it acted as the de-facto second suspension.
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