Davis, Williams officially suspended

Davis, Williams officially suspended
December 6, 2011, 9:29 pm
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UPDATED 4:37 p.m.

Tight end Fred Davis and left tackle Trent Williams were officially suspended Tuesday for the Redskins remaining four games after violating the NFLs substance abuse policy.

Three failed drug tests resulted in the ban for Davis, a fourth-year player, and Williams, coach Mike Shanahans first draft pick upon his arrival two years ago.

The NFL released a brief statement saying Davis and Williams will be eligible to return to the Redskins' roster on Jan. 2, 2012, a day after the regular season is completed.

Davis and Williams played Sunday against the New York Jets and were involved in team meetings on Monday, but are now prohibited from talking to coaches or visiting Redskins Park.

It is the third Redskins suspension this year for performance enhancing andor recreational drugs cornerback Phillip Buchanon (supplement) was suspended for the first four games this year because of a failed test before the lockout. He was eventually placed on injured reserve having not played a game.

Davis and Williams were first linked to possible discipline last month when a Yahoo Sports report said 11 players were facing penalties for failing recreational drug tests.

Under the old collective bargaining agreement, a third failed test resulted in a year-long penalty, but due to a gray area of a negotiated grace period in drug testing post-lockout, Davis and Williams escaped with shorter suspensions.

The Redskins offense was having enough problems, ranking 27th in points and 20th in yards (31st in rushing), with Davis and Williams in the lineup. Now they lose Davis, who leads the team in catches and receiving yards (59 for 796) and Williams, who is their best offensive linemen.

The suspensions create two roster spots heading into Sundays game against New England. One definite addition would be a tight end since Logan Paulsen and Mike Sellers are the only two on the roster. Sean Locklear or Willie Smith are expected to take over the left tackle spot.