Redskins’ Tight End again falls foul of the rules after a long battle with marijuana.
Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis was suspended indefinitely without pay by the National Football League after a violation of the substance abuse policy.
Davis, who caught seven passes for 70 yards and one touchdown in 10 games for the Redskins last season, is set to become a free agent next month.
Davis, 28, was suspended for four games in 2011 after failing multiple drug tests for marijuana.
“In the past, I made the mistake of knowingly ingesting a banned substance,” he said in a statement released by the NFL Players’ Association (NFLPA), expressing hope he will be allowed to return this year.
“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, a couple of months ago I took a supplement that contained a banned substance. I now know that supplements are not regulated by the (US Food and Drug Administration) 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.”
Davis, who suffered a torn left Achilles tendon in 2012, signed a one-year deal with the Redskins last year rather than take a richer offer from Buffalo in hopes he could make more money with a new contract this year.
“I have worked closely with the NFLPA and NFL to resolve this violation and I will be permitted to apply for reinstatement in the fall,” Davis said.
“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.”