Trent Williams suspended four games for substance abuse violation

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Redskins left tackle Trent Williams has been suspended four games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

The suspension begins immediately. Williams can return to practice and the active roster Dec. 5, a day after the Redskins play the Cardinals. He will be permitted to participate in team meetings and work out at the team facility during his suspension.

“The Redskins are counting on Trent to help the team when he returns from suspension,” the team said in a statement.

The 4-3-1 Redskins are on bye this week. A four-time Pro Bowler, Williams has been the team’s starting left tackle since 2010.

Ty Nsekhe is listed as the backup left tackle on the team’s unofficial depth chart, though the Redskins could end up shuffling their line and moving right tackle Morgan Moses and/or right guard Brandon Scherff in Williams’ absence.