Redskins tight end Fred Davis has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the league's “policy and program for substances of abuse,” a spokesman for the league announced in a statement Wednesday afternoon.
Davis, who just completed his sixth season in Washington, will become an unrestricted free agent next month.
This is not the first time Davis has run afoul of the NFL’s drug policies; he was suspended for the final four games of the 2011 season for failing multiple drug tests.
This time, however, the 28-year-old says the positive test was triggered by supplement that contained a banned substance, not marijuana. The NFL declined to comment on Davis’ situation beyond the 27-word statement it released earlier in the day.
“I would like to clarify the circumstances that resulted in my current suspension," said Davis in a statement released by the NFL Players Association. "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,” he added, “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.”
Last season, Davis was used sparingly after being overtaken by rookie Jordan Reed and then landing in former head coach
Mike Shanahan’s doghouse. Davis appeared in 10 games—including being deactivated five times—and made only seven catches for 70 yards and one touchdown.
Davis is the ninth Redskin to be suspended for a violation of the NFL's drug policies since 2011.