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The NFL is expected to notify Redskins left tackle Trent Williams and tight end Fred Davis that each will miss the remainder of the season after they failed multiple drug tests, under a settlement reached between the league and the NFL Players Association Saturday.
The players will be formally notified of their four-game suspensions in the next couple of days, according to two people familiar with the situation.
Because the season-ending suspensions are part of a deal, neither player would be able to appeal and neither is expected to see any more action this season.
Each player has failed at least three drug tests since entering the league, according to a league source, including two since the lockout ended in July. Davis and Williams tested positive for recreational drugs, believed to be marijuana, according to a league source familiar with the case.
Davis, a fourth-year tight end, and Williams, a second-year offensive tackle, were part of a group of 11 players who failed drug tests shortly after reporting for training camp in July.
The league and the union have been negotiating the fate of that group since August, deciding whether the NFL would grant those players a “grace period,” because of the lockout.
While nine of the 11 players will face no punishment for their failed tests, Davis and Williams will be suspended because they subsequently failed another drug test after the regular season began in September, according to the person with knowledge of the situation.
Spokesmen for the league and the union declined comment Sunday. A team spokesman said the team had not been notified of any punishment against either player.
Under terms of the league’s substance abuse program, a player with three failed tests for recreational drugs is subject to a year-long suspension from the NFL. Because one of the offenses came during the “grace period,” the union negotiated the suspension down to four games, the typical punishment for a second offense.
Both NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, worked personally on the settlement, and the two sides agreed in principle to the deal on Saturday. Sports Illustrated first reported the news Sunday afternoon.
Davis and Williams were aware this week that a suspension was likely and took the field Sunday afternoon against the New York Jets knowing it would likely be their last game this season.
According to another person aware of the situation, Williams has agreed to accept the four-game suspension. As of Sunday afternoon, Davis had yet to formally accept the suspension but would have to fight both the union and the NFL should he try to challenge the deal.
News first surfaced of the failed drug tests shortly before Washington’s game at Miami three weeks ago. At the time, Davis said he had yet to hear from the NFL but had been briefed by his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. “I’m not going to comment on that until that situation comes,” he said then. Williams said, “I don’t know anything about that.”
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said at the time that he couldn’t comment.
Davis 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 lose $141,176 by missing the final four games.
Williams, the fourth overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft, was scheduled to earn $7.852 million in the second year of his rookie contract. He stands to lose nearly $1.85 million because of the suspension.
Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis and left tackle Trent Williams will be suspended for four games after failing drug tests at the end of the NFL lockout, according to a Sports Illustrated report.
Davis and Williams were among 11 players who failed drug tests. But there was some controversy over the matter because players weren’t subject to testing during the lockout and were told by NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith that they would receive a grace period before the tests began.
According to the SI.com report, the two suspensions stem from the fact that Davis and Williams have both tested positive for marijuana during the season and because it was at least each player’s third offense under the policy.
Under a settlement reached between the league and the players association, no players who tested positive during the grace period would receive discipline. But Williams and Davis failed tests both during the grace period and after the period ended.
When reached for comment on Sunday, a league spokesman declined comment.
News first surfaced of the failed drug tests shortly before Washington’s game at Miami three weeks ago, and word at the time was that both players faced fines. After the game, both Williams and Davis said that they had no comment on the matter.
At the time, Davis said he had yet to hear from the NFL but had been briefed by his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. “I’m not going to comment on that until that situation comes,” he said then. Williams said, “I don’t know anything about that.”
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said at the time that he couldn’t comment either.
A team spokesman said Sunday morning that the Redskins have no knowledge of the suspensions.