Redskins' Fred Davis, Trent Williams Officially Suspended Four Games Each

The suspensions for Redskins' Fred Davis and Trent Williams for failed drug tests have now become official.

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Fred Davis, Trent Williams Officially Suspended For Redskins' Final Four Games

It was reported last week that Fred Davis and Trent Williams would be suspended by the league four games for a failed drug test and on Tuesday the players were finally told of the suspensions. The two Washington Redskins players will begin serving their suspensions immediately, which essentially ends their season (unless, you know, the Redskins make the playoffs).

Davis and Williams were part of a group of 11 players that reportedly tested positive in the grace period shortly following the end of the NFL lockout in late July and early August. However, as reported last week, the latest positive tests came during the season, and not that grace period, which was at least the third violation under the policy. the previous CBA resulted in a year-long suspension for a third test but because of the grace period negotiated by the league and NFLPA both players wil come with shorter suspensions.

The report came down last week but the league hadn't informed the players yet so they played in Week 13. Starting next week they're suspended four games and with only four games left in the season they're done for the year.

The Redskins season is over as far as any playoff talk is concerned and losing Davis and Williams won't help. Davis leads the team in both receptions and yards while Williams is arguably their top offensive lineman.

Check out SB Nation's Hogs Haven for reaction to the suspensions and SB Nation DC for further updates.


Redskins' Fred Davis, Trent Williams Suspended For Failed Drug Test, According To Report

Two Washington Redskins, Fred Davis and Trent Williams, will be suspended for four games for failing a drug test, according to a report from Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter. The players will play for Washington in NFL Week 13 vs. the Jets, and the suspensions will begin next week because the league had not provided written notification of the discipline.

Davis and Williams were aware of the punishment, according to Trotter.

More details from Trotter's full report on

Davis and Williams were informed earlier in the week that they would be suspended for the year because their positive test for marijuana occurred during the season and was at least their third offense under the policy. However, the discipline was reduced as part of a negotiated settlement involving the 11 players who failed drug tests in the two- to four-week grace period that followed the end of the lockout.

Per the settlement, there would be no discipline for those who tested positive during the grace period. Davis and Williams were in the group, but their suspensions stem from positive tests during the season, not the grace period.

The Washington Post's Rick Maese added some local perspective via Twitter:

We asked Davis and Williams about these tests two weeks ago. Neither had been contacted by league but both seemed to be aware of results. Redskins team spokesman said the team has no knowledge of pending suspensions for Davis or Williams.

On Sunday, Davis had a 42-yard catch in the first quarter that set up a Redskins touchdown.

For updates and info on these two teams, visit the Jets vs. Redskins 2011 StoryStream. Get more fan perspective at our Jets blog Gang Green Nation and Redskins blog Hogs Haven.

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