Reporting Grant Paulsen
According to a report by Sports Illustrated’s Jim Trotter, Redskins tight end Fred Davis and offensive tackle Trent Williams will be suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
News had originally broken about Davis and Williams failing drug tests that were issued at the end of the lockout. Williams declined to comment on the report several weeks ago while Davis would only say that he didn’t expect to be suspended and that he was waiting to hear more from the league.
Sunday, moments before the Redskins and Jets took to the field for a week-13 matchup, Trotter reported that they were both suspended four games, the final four games of the 2011 season, because of subsequent subsequent failed drug tests during the season.
Davis and Williams had both left Washington’s locker room before the media was allowed to enter after Sunday’s game.
“I’ve received no information about it so I can’t comment on that at this time,” head coach Mike Shanahan said during his post-game press conference. “I will comment on it in the next day or two depending on exactly what has happened.”
The news came as a surprise to many of Davis and Williams’ teammates, many of whom declined to comment on the reported suspensions.
“If it does come out to be true, I would like to reach out to those guys and offer some support to them,” linebacker and team captain London Fletcher said. “From a personal standpoint, you don’t want to see a guy ruin his career because of that. It’s really your life. From a personal standpoint [I'll] just really try to offer support from those guys and go there. It’s about the individual and helping them.”
Davis caught six passes for 99 yards in Sunday’s game. The fourth-year tight end has caught 59 passes for 796 yards this season, both career highs. A free agent at season’s end, if Davis’ campaign does end four games early as has been reported — he may have cost himself money on his approaching new contract.
Williams didn’t allow a sack against the Jets, marking the third straight week he’s proven stout against opposing pass-rushers. A second-year left tackle who was drafted fourth overall in 2010, Williams has been playing as well as he had at any point during his first couple seasons in Washington over the past few weeks.
“Fred’s been playing good football and Trent’s a good player,” nose tackle Barry Cofield offered. “I don’t know the details of the situation. That’s not my business really. I’m too caught up with the task at hand.”