What has been reported for several days has now finally been confirmed. Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis and offensive lineman Trent Williams have been suspended for four games for the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The NFL sent out the following message about the suspensions:
Fred Davis and Trent Williams of the Washington Redskins have been suspended without pay for the team’s next four games for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Their suspensions begin immediately. They will be eligible to return to the Redskins’ active roster on Monday, January 2 following the team’s January 1 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Davis were suspended for reportedly smoking marijuana during the NFL season. They also were caught during the lockout, but as part of a settlement, that offense was overlooked. Both players are key pieces for the Redskins and both were having very strong seasons.
The news does mean that if the Redskins somehow make a miraculous late-season playoff run, the two will be available to play. Barring that, though, their seasons will be over.
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