Bruce Allen ‘disappointed’ in Fred Davis

Fred Davis was arrested on Thursday. (Photo: Fairfax County Police Department)
Fred Davis was arrested on Thursday. (Photo: Fairfax County Police Department)

INDIANAPOLIS – Redskins general manager Bruce Allen expressed disappointment in troubled tight end Fred Davis, who this week received an indefinite suspension and then was arrested in Fairfax County and charged with driving while intoxicated less than 24 hours later.

Davis was set to become a free agent next month, but now the future of his NFL career is in doubt.

“I’m disappointed for Fred,” Allen said Friday during a round-table interview with local reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine. “We really can’t comment on the suspension because that’s a league matter with Fred. But I heard, like everyone else about what happened yesterday, and that’s disappointing.”

This is the second suspension of Davis’ career. In 2011, he received a four-game suspension for failing multiple drug tests for marijuana use. The league announced this indefinite suspension for violating the substance abuse policy on Wednesday afternoon. Davis released a statement claiming that he took a substance that wasn’t FDA approved. The league doesn’t comment on players’ statements on reasons for their suspensions, and doesn’t provide specifics on the cases.

Davis’s arrest took place at 3:45 p.m. Thursday at the corner of Gallows Road and Leesburg Pike. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, declined comment when reached late that night. It was originally reported that Davis received a DUI charge. But a Fairfax County Police Department spokesman on Friday said that Davis was charged with DWI.

People with knowledge of the situation said that the Redskins didn’t plan on re-signing Davis, who last season fell out of favor with coaches and lost his job to Logan Paulsen and Jordan Reed.

But Allen on Friday declined to speculate on Davis’ future.

“It’s too early because I don’t know the details of what happened yesterday,” Allen said. “There’s always a different side to the story. Unfortunately we’re not able to talk to Fred, because of the suspension. But, he is a resilient guy. He had to overcome a hurdle a few years ago, and he did it. He got injured and he worked hard to come back, and so it’s up to Fred what his future holds.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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