Redskins tight end Fred Davis, who is set to become a free agent next month, has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy, a league spokesperson said Thursday. The suspension begins immediately.
Davis released a statement that said, in part: “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 contained banned substances”
Davis failed multiple drug tests in 2011 for marijuana and was suspended for four games, stunting his growth into one of the more athletic and productive tight ends in the league. In 2012, he suffered a torn achilles tendon, which caused his value to plummet in free agency after the 2012 season. The Redskins re-signed him to an inexpensive, one year deal before the 2013 season, but Davis only caught seven passes this past season and was replaced as a starter by rookie third-round pick Jordan Reed.
Even if the suspension happens to be overturned, it is still very likely that Davis will not be back with the Redskins next season.