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Report: Fred Davis faces six-game suspension

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As Redskins tight end Fred Davis prepares to hit the free-agent market, he’ll be dealing with a complication that could significantly affect his value.

Davis faces a six-game suspension under the substance-abuse policy, via Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports.

A six-year veteran, Davis tore an Achilles’ tendon while playing under the franchise tag in 2012.  He re-signed with Washington on a one-year deal in 2013, but he was inactive for six games and started only three.

In 2011, Davis served a four-game suspension under the substance-abuse policy.  A six-game suspension suggests that Davis remained in Stage Two of the program following his 2011 violation.

Broncos linebacker Von Miller served a six-game suspension to start the 2013 season as a negotiated compromise to an effort to suspend Miller much longer than that, based on allegations that he conspired with the sample collector to generate negative test results.

With or without the suspension, Davis isn’t expected to attract major attention in free agency.  A team could choose to bring him in for the offseason program, training camp, and the preseason, confident that the preparation will make it easier to adapt after the suspension ends.

It’s unclear whether Davis a filed an appeal, and when a ruling is expected.  Before the suspension is finalized, any information about a player’s status in the substance-abuse program is supposed to be kept confidential.

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41 Responses to “Report: Fred Davis faces six-game suspension”
  1. onearmsteven says: Jan 24, 2014 10:40 AM

    what a bum

  2. raiders85 says: Jan 24, 2014 10:47 AM

    Somebody will probably do with him what Oakland did with Andre Holmes bring him in let him play in the preseason and serve his suspension not a bad idea but Fred needs to understand he’s barely worth league minimum without all the trouble so he’s probably done in the NFL

  3. metalman5150 says: Jan 24, 2014 10:48 AM

    plant -abuse

  4. headonaswivel says: Jan 24, 2014 10:53 AM

    He should be on the Seahawks, they clearly encourage the use of PED’s and would welcome him with open arms.

  5. htowntexan13 says: Jan 24, 2014 10:54 AM

    Coming from USC I thought this was going to be a great player. Boy was I wrong.

  6. behike54 says: Jan 24, 2014 10:54 AM

    Geeze, this guy must be about as smart as Von Miller.

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 24, 2014 10:55 AM

    It’s also unclear why WAS tried to trade him only to fail at finding a buyer and looking silly for posturing like as if they would get something in exchange for him. That was pretty embarrassing I thought and a good hint as to why they were such a disaster of a team. Their GM thought Fred Davis had trade value, so what other players on the team does he not understand what they are worth? The more you have that fit that description, the more likely you are going to fail miserably from being completely out of tune with who to keep and who to deal and who to use on the field. This team couldn’t figure anything out last year and they spent a portion of their time trying to trade Fred Davis as part of a solution to improve. Just laughable. And sad.

  8. seatownballers says: Jan 24, 2014 11:00 AM

    Where are the Redskins fans that declared the Seahawks cheaters? Ped’s! Even if it’s weed, unacceptable. Pot meet kettle. Pun intended

  9. nflcrimerankingscom says: Jan 24, 2014 11:03 AM

    After winning the PED Rankings in 2012, Washington has made a late move into 3rd place with a week to go.

  10. rajbais says: Jan 24, 2014 11:07 AM

    Bad time to do it. He tore his Achilles’ tendon and then he allegedly gets drugged up??

    Usually injured players use PEDs to recover. What was he thinking if he’s truly an offender of the substance abuse policy.

  11. sidepull says: Jan 24, 2014 11:14 AM

    Trent Williams take heed.

  12. prosportswashington says: Jan 24, 2014 11:21 AM

    A real shame because he could be a top-10 TE, he was starting to live up to his potential before his first suspension

  13. dcstinks says: Jan 24, 2014 11:24 AM

    Thank you Fred!

    –Eagle Fan

  14. bigjd says: Jan 24, 2014 11:27 AM

    He should move to Colorado.

  15. spamrok says: Jan 24, 2014 11:27 AM

    It’s not a PED suspension. It’s a failed drug test. 2 different policies by the league.

  16. 2manyconcussions says: Jan 24, 2014 11:28 AM

    Definite risk and reward trade-off. Not sure I would want him in my locker room.

  17. metalman5150 says: Jan 24, 2014 11:33 AM

    Weed does not enhance your “performance,” it only enhances your mind, not your muscles.
    Silly rabbit.
    Substance (as defined by the NFL) and Performance (as defined by the NFL) are two separate and completely different offenses.

  18. squared80 says: Jan 24, 2014 11:34 AM

    What a waste. How are these guys so ignorant?

  19. getyourownname says: Jan 24, 2014 11:36 AM

    “It’s also unclear why WAS tried to trade him only to fail at finding a buyer and looking silly for posturing like as if they would get something in exchange for him.”

    This is the same organization that acted like Cousins’ value was “appreciating” while sitting on the bench, then pretending he was worth a 1st round draft choice after playing a game or two.

    Realistic player evaluation has never been a strength of this franchise, at least sice Vinny Cerrato. But what do you expect, considering the owner looks at everything through a marketing filter?

  20. metalman5150 says: Jan 24, 2014 11:36 AM

    Popping pills are what some some consider healing.
    How long have people been popping pills?
    How long have people been smoking wiid?
    Pop your pills – I will choose wiid over pain pills any day, everyday.

  21. skinsfan91 says: Jan 24, 2014 11:50 AM

    His careers tonne Up In Smoke.

  22. thealmightybigblue says: Jan 24, 2014 11:52 AM

    This is a clear example of why we lol at the deadskins.

  23. jaygandsilentbob3 says: Jan 24, 2014 11:55 AM

    No wonder he was sleeping through meetings

  24. isphet71 says: Jan 24, 2014 11:58 AM

    Never ceases to amaze me just how lucky these guys are to be as talented as they are and have a chance to play in the greatest league of the greatest game in the United States.

    And to think of how much effort, pain, and suffering, and sacrifice these guys go through to actually make it to where they are.

    Then to think of how stupidly some of them throw it all away.

  25. kd75 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:03 PM

    He thought pot was legal in the wrong Washington…

  26. metalman5150 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:08 PM

    What amazes me is a free market nation, crawling through decades, upon decades of fictitious wars (namely, the drug war / war on scarrorism).
    End the war on wiid.

  27. timbuttrum says: Jan 24, 2014 12:15 PM

    ““It’s also unclear why WAS tried to trade him only to fail at finding a buyer and looking silly for posturing like as if they would get something in exchange for him.””

    Just because they didn’t get a trade offer doesn’t mean he wasn’t valued by another club. In fact, if I was a GM I would not have traded for him knowing that he was in the last year of his contract. Why trade a draft pick away mid season when he can be signed in the off season?

  28. whatjusthapped says: Jan 24, 2014 12:31 PM

    If the guy’s washed up and beyond his prime, the Vikings are famous for signing over the hill vets, whether they still can play or not.

  29. fafaflunky says: Jan 24, 2014 12:43 PM

    @seatownballer

    preparing to hit the free agent market, pretty much says he is no longer a redskin. the honor for most ped users is still yours.. go denver

  30. operations666 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:51 PM

    Suspended 6 games for smoking weed? Give me a ******* break!

    So sick of the hypocritical phony war on marijuana.

  31. vladdrac69 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:56 PM

    And thus completes the Vinnie Cerrato 2008 NFL draft trifecta. Devin Thomas, Malcolm Kelly and Fred Davis were all 2nd rounders. All were busts. Nice job Vinnie – worst talent evaluator this franchise ever had.

  32. ezg1 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:20 PM

    Fred also has a legal background in lawyering. Seems Fred represented himself in a lawsuit verses a hooker who claimed that Sleepy utilized her services and failed to follow through with financial end of the agreement. As it is said, an individual who chooses to represents himself has an Idiot for a client! Since Fred has exhibited Idiotism in two arenas I think it safe to say that he qualifies as an Idiotonic Moron!

  33. humpofdc says: Jan 24, 2014 1:33 PM

    jaygandsilentbob3 says:
    Jan 24, 2014 11:55 AM
    No wonder he was sleeping

    jay,

    That’s too funny!!! That is why we called him Sleepy Davis!

  34. thefox61 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:45 PM

    @fafaflunky

    Since he hasn’t hit the FA market and hasn’t been released by the name of an NFL team that must not be spoken, he’s still yours and the PED crown belongs to you. Oh, by the way, have you been enjoying the playoffs? We have!

    NFC West Champions and NFC Champions!

    Go Seahawks!

  35. vbsuitedace says: Jan 24, 2014 2:34 PM

    headonaswivel says:
    Jan 24, 2014 10:53 AM
    He should be on the Seahawks, they clearly encourage the use of PED’s and would welcome him with open arms.

    It’s weed not PED’s guy

  36. rubenxx7 says: Jan 24, 2014 2:38 PM

    Fred Davis has been a pain in the butt for redskins, he just isnt worth the hassle.

  37. joparks2012 says: Jan 24, 2014 3:31 PM

    Well Fred pretty much smoked the rest of his career. I can think of a lot of things I would do for a million dollars. He was being asked to not do something and had he not done it (gotten busted any time), he would be sitting on several million (factoring in that it was his 2nd suspension, he probably would have been re-signed to a 5yr/25Mil contract last year). Looks like a high price to pay. I hope in his mind he feels it was worth it because he’s never going to see that money anymore in any line of work that he is now going to have to go after. His career got off to a rocky start when he overslept the 1st day of training camp as a rookie then he acted like a malcontent and didn’t seize the opportunity he had last year and did nothing after Jordan Reed missed the last 6 games with a concussion.

  38. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 24, 2014 4:59 PM

    Had everything handed to him since high school cuz he could play…that’s why he doesn’t appreciate the opportunity he’s wasting. A damn shame, really

  39. thirdistheworrd says: Jan 24, 2014 5:19 PM

    dcstinks says: Jan 24, 2014 11:24 AM

    Thank you Fred!

    –Eagle Fan
    ________
    No really.

    Thank you Fred! Now get out!
    -Redskin Fan

    OK, whatever, he was never a threat anyway!
    -Eagle/Giant/cowboy Fan

  40. jake6879 says: Jan 24, 2014 10:15 PM

    I had high hopes for Fred; no pun intended. His skill level is among the best 10-12 TE’s in the league but he just doesn’t get it. Bill Belichick will probably take him on as another discount reclamation project in New England..

  41. laserw says: Jan 25, 2014 12:45 AM

    If “Weedy” Davis had been a Seattle Seahag player, he’d have passed every drug test given. The Seahags have perfected gaming drug tests.

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