Status uncertain for Davis, Williams

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A.J. Perez

A.J. Perez previously worked at USA Today, AOL and, covering beats ranging from performance-enhancing drugs to the NHL. He has also been a finalist for an Associated Press Sports Editors award for investigative reporting. Follow him on Twitter.


Tight end Fred Davis and offensive lineman Trent Williams were in the lineup for the Washington Redskins on Sunday, but their status for the rest of the season is uncertain after they allegedly violated the league’s substance-abuse policy.

Davis and Williams are among a group of players who tested positive for marijuana after the start of training camp last summer, according to multiple reports Sunday.’s Jay Glazer reported that Davis would be suspended four games; reported that Williams would face the same ban.

Unlike steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, it takes three positive tests for marijuana before a suspension is levied.

“I’ve received no information about it, so I can’t comment on it at this time,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said after his team’s 34-19 loss to the New York Jets. “I will comment on the next day or two, depending on what has happened.”

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello declined to comment. Washington Redskins spokesman Tony Wiley said the team had no knowledge of the alleged drug violations.

The league and the NFL Players Association had been in negotiations for weeks about a group of players who tested positive for marijuana after the lockout. The NFLPA argued that there should be a grace period. A settlement on how the players’ positives should be handled will be finalized by Monday, Glazer reported.

Neither Davis or Williams were made available the media after the game.

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