Washington Redskins free agent tight end and former USC standout Fred Davis was suspended indefinitely by the NFL Wednesday for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
However, the 2007 Mackey Award winner stated that the suspension was not related to marijuana, which led to a four-game suspension in 2011 (via NFL.com).
I would like to clarify the circumstances that resulted in my current suspension. In the past, I made the mistake of knowingly ingesting a banned substance,” Davis said in a statement. “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 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.
Davis had 117 receptions in his USC career along with 1408 yards and 13 touchdowns, all career records for a Trojan tight end.
In the NFL, Davis has shown flashes of greatness, earning the Redskin’s offensive player of the year award in 2011. However, his career has waned since then as he battled injury and fell out of favor with the Washington coaching staff.
He is a free agent going into this season but the suspension will throw a wrench in finding potential suitors for his services.