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Redskins TE Fred Davis suspended indefinitely, claims he accidentally took substance

02.20.14 at 8:26 am ET
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For the second time in his six-year career, Redskins tight end Fred Davis was suspended by the NFL Wednesday for violating the league’€™s substance-abuse policy.

Davis, who was suspended indefinitely and without pay for his most reason policy violation, missed four games at the end of the 2011 season after he tested positive for marijuana. Davis said this time he unintentionally broke the rules.

“I would like to clarify the circumstances that resulted in my current suspension,” Davis said in a statement released by the NFL Players Association. “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.

“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 contained banned substances. The NFL Policy is strict, and not knowing that a supplement might contain a banned substances doesn’t excuse a violation of the policy.”

Davis, who has said he is working to “resolve this violation,” will become a free agent in one month. He has also said that he can apply to be reinstated 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 said in the statement.

Davis signed a one-year deal with the Redskins last March with the intention of turning a solid season into a multi-year contract. Instead, Davis caught just seven passes and had rookie Jordan Reed moved ahead of him on the depth chart.

Davis, who has 162 career receptions for 2,043 yards, has admitted to falling asleep during team meetings and saying he wanted to play for a different organization.

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