Two Redskins reportedly face drug fines

Two Redskins reportedly face drug fines
November 13, 2011, 4:12 pm
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UPDATED: 5:36 p.m.

By Ryan OHalloran

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. As if the Redskins quarterback change werent generating enough interest before todays game against the Dolphins, a report by Yahoo Sports made the morning even more interesting.

Citing sources, the report said 10 players are facing NFL fines (but not suspensions) for violating the league substance-abuse policy for recreational drugs. An 11th player is subject to a fine and suspension.

The report did not identify any players, but ESPN reported Sunday morning Redskins tight end Fred Davis and left tackle Trent Williams are two of the players.

Yahoo also reported in the story posted Friday night that NFL Players Association chief DeMaurice Smith is coming under scrutiny for potential player punishments that will be given out for irresponsible or illegal conduct during the lockout this offseason.

There was no drug testing during the lockout because no collective bargaining agreement was in place.

After the Redskins 20-9 loss to Miami, coach Mike Shanahan and Williams were asked about the report.

Shanahan said: I cant go into that area right now. Im not allowed to.

Williams said: I cant answer that, then added he was not aware of any test.

Davis was not available after the game.

The new collective bargaining agreement is over 300 pages long, but because it was released post-lockout, it does not include any language about drug-related suspensions since the league and NFLPA were still and still are working on a system.

Injured Redskins cornerback Phillip Buchanon was suspended four games for a substance violation, but that was handed down in January, before the lockout started two months later.

Weekly tests, though, continue to be administered. Players are alerted via paper flyers hung in their lockers about upcoming tests.

The report said DeMaurice Smith promised a grace period to player representatives -- once the lockout was lifted, the league would wait 30 days before it started administer tests.

Players reported being tested as early as the second day of camp.

Early Sunday afternoon, Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported that the players had tested positive for marijuana. According to Glazer's report, three of the 11 players were Redskins.