Fred Davis Suspended for Violating NFL's Substance Abuse Policy

R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IFebruary 19, 2014

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Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis reportedly has been suspended without pay for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.       

Adam Caplan of ESPN provides Davis' statement on the situation:

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 team’s success next season.”

Brian McIntyre, a freelance NFL Writer, reported the news after getting word from the Redskins:

McIntyre also added another bit of crucial information about Davis' suspension:

While there hasn't been an official number of games tagged to Davis' suspension, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported back in late January that the player failed a marijuana test and would be suspended for six games.

La Canfora added a little background on the situation for Davis, who hasn't had the smoothest of journeys while with Washington:

Davis' time in Washington could be coming to an end, with this latest suspension the latest setback. Redskins draft pick Jordan Reed emerged as a key cog in the passing game prior to his concussion issues, and Logan Paulsen beat out Davis for playing time as a second tight end. Davis was inactive for long stretches last season, earning a spot in former coach Mike Shanahan's doghouse.

The suspension may not come as a surprise for Washington fans, as this isn't the first time that Davis has been in trouble with the league. Just a few seasons ago, Davis won the team's offensive player of the year award despite being suspended for failing a drug test.

The veteran tight end wasn't utilized much in Washington's system early on last year. But when Jordan Reed went down for the season due to a concussion, Davis was asked to step up.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21:  Fred Davis #83 of the Washington Redskins  in action during their game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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He finished with four catches on seven targets in the last five games of the year along with a touchdown as the Redskins lost all five games.

But what Davis brought to the table before this season made him a commodity for teams looking to add an extra tight end. The 28-year-old has a total of 162 receptions for 2,043 yards with 13 touchdowns in his career and has been known as a decent blocker in running schemes.

The suspension will be a huge factor for teams looking to add Davis, if there are any at all after the latest news. His latest blunder could be the nail in the coffin for the 2008 second-round pick.

For the Redskins, this won't impact their 2014 campaign, as they already have Reed at the position and will be looking to move on from Davis altogether. After a disappointing 2013, they'll look to bounce back and return to the postseason.


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