Redskins TE Fred Davis arrested for DUI on day after NFL suspends him indefinitely

Redskins tight end Fred Davis, right, was suspended by the NFL on Wednesday for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)
February 20, 2014

Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis was arrested Thursday afternoon in Fairfax County and charged with driving under the influence, a Fairfax County Police Department spokesperson confirmed.

The arrest comes just a day after Davis was suspended indefinitely Wednesday by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Yesterday, at 3:45 p.m., Fairfax County police arrested Davis at the corners of Gallows Road and Leesburg Pike.

No further details of the incident were available as of late Thursday night.

Davis, who signed a one-year contract with the Redskins before last season, was set to become a free agent next month.

The Redskins didn’t have interest in re-signing him even before the suspension.

Davis entered the 2013 season as the starting tight end but fell out of favor with coaches, and was replaced by Logan Paulsen and Jordan Reed.

In 2011, Davis failed multiple tests for marijuana use and was suspended for the final four games of that season.

He claimed afterward that he had learned his lesson and vowed to mature.

He released a statement on Wednesday that his suspension stemmed from him taking a substance that wasn’t FDA approved.

There was speculation that he might be traded before the NFL’s trading deadline, but the Redskins never found a deal for him. At one point, Davis defended his work habits after being asked by reporters about speculation that he’d fallen out of favor with the coaching staff because of how he practiced and issues such as falling asleep during team meetings.

Davis told a group of reporters in October that he’d “never slept through a whole meeting but I’ve nodded off.”

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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