Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis has not had a very enjoyable last 48 hours. On Wednesday the 28 year old former second round pick was suspended without pay by the team for violating the league substance abuse policy.
Just one day later, according to the Washington Post, Davis was arrested for driving under the influence. Davis has a history of problems with the NFL, he was suspended the final four games of the 2011 season after failing a drug test for marijuana. After the suspension but before the DUI arrest, Davis released this statement through the NFLPA.
"I would like to clarify the circumstances that resulted in my current suspension," he said. "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."
"I'm disappointed for Fred," Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said Friday. "We really can't comment on the suspension because that's a league matter with Fred. But I heard, like everyone else about what happened yesterday, and that's disappointing."
Davis will be a free agent next month, Allen declined to speculate on the tight end's future in Washington. "It's too early because I don't know the details of what happened yesterday," he said. "There's always a different side to the story. Unfortunately we're not able to talk to Fred, because of the suspension. But, he is a resilient guy. He had to overcome a hurdle a few years ago, and he did it. He got injured and he worked hard to come back, and so it's up to Fred what his future holds."
The DUI arrest won't help his case to get back into the NFL. Davis has struggled to stay healthy over his career, only playing 17 games in 2012 and 2013 with ankle injuries and a torn achilles tendon which landed him on injured reserve in 2012.