Davis and Williams were aware this week that suspensions were likely and took the field Sunday afternoon against the New York Jets knowing they likely would be playing their final games of the season. Williams played the entire game at left tackle. Davis led the Redskins in receiving, with 99 yards on six catches.
One veteran player said teammates have been aware of the situation for weeks, but many Redskins players say they didn’t know enough about the pending suspensions to comment Sunday.
“Guys just got to be accountable,” linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said. “It’s a team. You have to know the rules, and whatever comes out, comes out. It’s a shame.”
Said cornerback DeAngelo Hall: “Obviously, we’re better with those guys. But we’ll have to figure out a way to play without them. The sun will rise. We’ll go play.”
News first surfaced of the failed drug tests shortly before Washington’s game at Miami three weeks ago. After that game, Davis said he had yet to hear from the NFL but had been briefed by his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. Williams said at the time, “I don’t know anything about that.”
Davis has career highs this season in catches (59) and yards (796). He is in the final year of his rookie contract and is scheduled to be a restricted free agent after this season. He was supposed to make $600,000 this year but will likely lose $141,176 by missing the final four games.
Williams, the fourth pick in the 2010 NFL draft, was set to earn $7.852 million in the second year of his rookie contract. He stands to lose nearly $1.85 million.
Williams had said as recently as Friday that he feels maturity has made him a better player in his second season. “This is a lifelong dream, so I just try to take advantage of every opportunity I get to play,” he said. “There are a lot of people who aren’t as fortunate to be doing what they love to do. . . . I try to lead by example, and that helps people when they see you going hard and taking nothing off of nobody.”
Williams and Davis would face a year-long suspension for another failed drug test, according to one league source.
Staff writers Mark Maske, Mike Jones and Barry Svrluga contributed to this report.