NFL: Fred Davis Suspended Indefinitely for Substance Abuse Violation
WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) – Redskins tight end Fred Davis has been suspended indefinitely without pay for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances Abuse, a league spokesperson announced on Wednesday.
Davis, who’s set to become a free agent this offseason, is suspended effective immediately.
On Jan. 24, Jason La Canfora reported for CBS Sports that Davis would be suspended for six games in the upcoming 2014 season.
Davis had 7 receptions for 70 yards and 1 touchdown in 10 games with the Redskins in 2013. Through six seasons in the NFL, Davis has caught 162 passes for 2,043 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Previously, Davis was suspended for the final four games of the 2011 season after he and teammate Trent Williams tested positive for marijuana.
Davis was a second-round draft pick by the Redskins in 2008. His best season was 2011, when he had 59 catches for 796 yards before his first suspension.
Late last season, after having been placed on the inactive list for three straight weeks by former head coach Mike Shanahan, Davis expressed his frustration with his situation in Washington, and an interest to prove himself elsewhere.
He also admitted to sometimes dozing off in team meetings.
Davis has released a statement regarding his suspension [via Adam Caplan]:
“I would like to clarify the circumstances that resulted in my current suspension. In the past, I made the mistake of knowingly ingesting a banned substance. For over two years, I’ve worked very hard to eliminate marijuana from my life, and I have not had a positive test for it since 2011. Unfortunately, a couple of months ago I took a supplement that contained a banned substance. I now know that supplements are not regulated by the FDA and may contain banned substances. The NFL Policy is strict, and not knowing that a supplement might contain a banned substance doesn’t excuse a violation of the policy. I’ve worked closely with the NFLPA and NFL to resolve this violation, and I will be permitted to apply for reinstatement in the fall. I look forward to staying in football shape, remaining in compliance with the NFL policy, and having a chance to get back on the field to contribute to a teams success next season.”
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