Washington Redskins free agent tight end Fred Davis has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL. It was rumored earlier this year that Davis had been suspended, but the length of the suspension was not substantiated. Now the NFL has confirmed that Davis has indeed been placed on indefinite suspension effective immediately.
Davis was suspended the last four games of the 2011 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, and has violated it again. Fred Davis returned in 2012 with a strong start before his season was ended due to an Achilles injury. He had 24 receptions for 325 yards in 2012 in seven games before the injury.
He began 2013 as the starter at tight end, but soon fell into head coach Mike Shanahan’s doghouse. The emergence of rookie Jordan Reed at tight end also played a role in Davis’ reduced playing time, as did an ankle injury he suffered early in the season. However, Davis was kept inactive by Shanahan as the Redskins attempted to trade him.
But the trade didn’t happen, and Davis was made active late in the season due to Reed being out injured. Davis finished 2013 with 7 receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown. Davis is now an unrestricted free agent, and with Reed in place as the starting tight end, the Redskins were unlikely to re-sign Davis. And with this latest suspension being indefinite it places Davis’ long-term future in the NFL in jeopardy.