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Fred Davis blames supplement for suspension, will apply for reinstatement in the fall

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Redskins tight end Fred Davis has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the substance abuse policy, a suspension that was initially reported in January for the impending free agent.

Davis was suspended the final four games of the 2011 season for what he said was a failed test for marijuana use. Davis released a statement via the NFL Players Association on Wednesday afternoon claiming that pot had nothing to do with this suspension, which he blamed on unwittingly taking a supplement that included banned substances.

““I would like to clarify the circumstances that resulted in my current suspension. In the past, I made the mistake of knowingly ingesting a banned substance. For over two years, I’ve worked very hard to eliminate marijuana from my life, and I have not had a positive test for it since 2011,” Davis said. “Unfortunately, a couple of months ago I took a supplement that contained a banned substance. I now know that supplements are not regulated by the FDA and may contain banned substances. The NFL Policy is strict, and not knowing that a supplement might contain a banned substance doesn’t excuse a violation of the policy. I’ve worked closely with the NFLPA and NFL to resolve this violation, and I will be permitted to apply for reinstatement in the fall. I look forward to staying in football shape, remaining in compliance with the NFL policy, and having a chance to get back on the field to contribute to a team’s success next season.””

Davis may need to be reinstated by the league before he finds a job this offseason, which won’t put him in the best of positions to help a team during the 2014 season. After an Achilles injury in 2012 and a drop down the depth chart in 2013, that’s not a great trajectory for his once-promising career.

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13 Responses to “Fred Davis blames supplement for suspension, will apply for reinstatement in the fall”
  1. seatownballers says: Feb 19, 2014 5:21 PM

    Looking at 2-14 next season Washington

  2. kwjsb says: Feb 19, 2014 5:41 PM

    Billion dollar teams, Million dollar players, and no co-ordination between doctors and trainers? If these guys worked for me the contract would include a stipulation that only team doctors and trainers can issue you medicine or “Supplements”

    Or in the words of a famous American….
    “If you like your doctor …… You can keep him.”

  3. ariani1985 says: Feb 19, 2014 6:03 PM

    The Packers have a better chance of making it to the second round than you have of being reinstated.

  4. texanoz says: Feb 19, 2014 6:16 PM

    I’ve sid this to my family just watching games and such so I’ll say it here too. The NFL just needs to come up with it’s own supplements and tell the players here you can use these only.

    No more issues with supplements.

  5. keltictim says: Feb 19, 2014 7:42 PM

    There is no issue with supplements. Go to the team doctor and say “this is what I want, what can I take?” Team doctor advises you and you follow it. Only a complete fool can’t figure that out.

  6. skins1970 says: Feb 19, 2014 8:33 PM

    Thanks alot Vinny Cerrato you are the one that drafted this fool.

  7. jayovalentine says: Feb 19, 2014 9:44 PM

    He’ll fit in great in Seattle in the fall !

  8. officialgame says: Feb 19, 2014 10:22 PM

    How many times can the clerk at GNC be made into the fall guy?

  9. dirtydrynn27 says: Feb 20, 2014 6:04 AM

    In the meantime,Jordan Reed replaces Fred Davis!

  10. musicman495 says: Feb 20, 2014 11:11 PM

    Another fine Pete Carroll USC protege who will probably be signed by Seattle when his suspension is lifted, since Seahawks currently have 3 guys named Ralph playing tight end.

  11. rickc402 says: Feb 21, 2014 3:45 AM

    So Marijuana’s not addictive? Read “I worked very hard to eliminate marijuana from my life”… So if its not addictive why did he have to work hard at it?

  12. jlmd17 says: Feb 21, 2014 9:05 AM

    Even if by some miracle he makes it back to the redskins then he has to deal with the fact that he has a QB who can’t read defenses.

  13. 1standinches says: Feb 21, 2014 10:50 AM

    Blame the substance? How about blaming yourself?

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