Fred Davis sounds sincere when he says hes learned his lesson and wont jeopardize his team or career the way he did toward the end of last season.But if he hasnt, the NFL has put into place ways to keep him on the straight and narrow.Davis, who was suspended for the final four games last season for violating the leagues substance abuse policy, said he is subject to drug tests two to three times each week.The 26-year-old tight end also said hes been meeting with a counselor each week since being suspended last December for a drug test he failed during the 2011 season.It does help to talk to somebody, Davis acknowledged.Davis said he and Trent Williams, who was also suspended for the final four games, speak often and offer support for one another.I knew when I made that mistake, me and Trent both knew it was wrong, Davis said. Just talking to each other, knowing never to put our team and jeopardize them like that again, thats the main thing. Talking between each other really helped us.In addition to playing on a one-year contract, Davis has something else that motivates him: knowing that another positive test will result in a yearlong ban from the NFL and potential loss of his livelihood.Thats where personal responsibility enters the equation, he said.I know its a decision and its something Im not going to do again, Davis added. Youve got to talk to yourself about it, at the of the day.
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Significant injuries to the Redskins offensive line and defensive secondary will cause a number of position changes for the Redskins. When Washington gets on the practice field Wednesday at 1 p.m., and rain or shine, the team will look different after losing Kory Lichtensteiger, Shawn Lauvao, DeAngelo Hall and Bashaud Breeland. Here's what we'll be watching:
- Who's at left guard - Injuries to Lauvao and Lichtensteiger have a serious domino effect on the Redskins offensive line. Spencer Long is the backup to both men, and with the former Cornhusker at center, means left guard doesn't have a natural backup. Arie Kouandjio has been working for more than a year to be ready to play guard for Washington, and he might get the chance. The 'Skins also signed center John Sullivan, last of the Vikings, to the team on Tuesday. If and when Sullivan can get ready, he could allow Jay Gruden to move Long to guard.
- Corner store - Breeland's injury is not as severe as the offensive linemen's, and perhaps more important to the team, there is better depth at corner. Rookie Kendall Fuller is likely to see his first game action this Sunday against Cleveland, and the 'Skins can count on Greg Toler and Quinton Dunbar to have increased roles with Breeland out. Watching Fuller work in with the defense will be very interesting to see, as he's been working with the scout team for much of the early season.
- Safety button - D-Hall out for the year is a blow for Washington — no way around it. But expect lots more Will Blackmon at that spot. And Duke Ihenacho and even Deshazor Everett can provide increased snaps.
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