An already difficult season for the Washington Redskins is getting worse: Left tackle Trent Williams and tight end Fred Davis are expected to be suspended by the NFL for the last four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, said two people with knowledge of the situation.
The people spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity.
Williams, the No. 4 overall draft pick in 2010, and Davis, a second-round choice in 2008, are both starters for the Redskins, who fell to 4-8 with a 34-19 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday. Davis had six catches for 99 yards, both game highs.
Asked after the game about the pending suspensions, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said: “Well, No. 1, I’ve received no information about it, so I can’t comment on that at this time. But I will comment in the next day or two, depending on exactly what has happened.”
Neither Williams nor Davis was in the locker room when reporters were allowed to enter. Their lockers were cleaned out by team employees.
SI.com first reported Sunday that Davis and Williams would be punished. Citing an unidentified source, the website also said the players hadn’t received written notice from the NFL about their suspensions, so they were able to play Sunday.
A league spokesman declined to discuss the matter.
One of the sources said Williams and Davis were among 11 players who failed drug tests during a lockout-related grace period negotiated between the NFL and the players’ union.
The other nine players’ cases were dismissed because they were first-time offenders; Davis and Williams each has tested positive more than once, the source said.
ROETHLISBERGER SETS ANOTHER MARK
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has now completed more passes than any player in team history.
Roethlisberger hit tight end David Johnson for a 9-yard gain early in the fourth quarter on Sunday against Cincinnati, giving him 2,026 completions to pass Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw’s record.
Roethlisberger already holds nearly 40 team records and is second in attempts, career passing yards and career passing touchdowns – trailing Bradshaw in each category.
TEXANS’ JOHNSON HURTS HAMSTRING
Houston star receiver Andre Johnson injured his left hamstring in the third quarter of the Texans’ 17-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
Johnson pulled up at the end of a route and fell to the turf untouched. He hopped off the field and went to the bench. He sat with his head in his hands as trainers checked him out.
It was Johnson’s second game back since missing six games after surgery to repair an injury to his right hamstring.