Fred Davis Takes Responsibility, Vows To Learn From Suspension
ASHBURN – Fred Davis took responsibility for the four-game suspension he served at the end of last season, confirming that he was penalized for failing a drug test but insisting that he did not do so multiple times.
“I mean, basically, you can’t play with the rules,” said the Washington Redskins tight end, who missed the final four games of the season after being suspended Dec. 6. “I feel like it was blown out of proportion how it happened, but I’m not gonna argue with it. It happened. I did do it, and it’s nothing you can do about it.”
Davis and left tackle Trent Williams were each suspended because they failed drug tests when the NFL resumed business last July following the owners’ lockout. Original reports indicated only the two Redskins players were suspended, and not the nine others who failed tests, because they had failed multiple previous tests.
The 6-foot-4, 258-pound tight end refuted that report, and said he wanted to appeal the suspension with the league, but he believed it wasn’t worth doing so because the suspensions were negotiated by the NFL Players’ Association.
“You know, just like anything, you’ve got to make sure you make the right things and make the right choices,” Davis said. “These games don’t last long and if you’re missing four games – it could have been your last four games. I think of that, and it’s something that I’m never gonna do again.”
Davis, in his fourth season, was having the best of his career when he was suspended. He finished with 59 catches for 796 yards and three touchdowns, stepping in as the Redskins’ primary target in the passing game and its top tight end after Chris Cooley was lost for the season with knee discomfort in mid-October.
That led the Redskins to designate him as their franchise player, where, in an offseason where he was to be an unrestricted free agent, he’d return to the team on a one-year deal worth $5.446 million.
“You don’t often see a guy get tagged after that, but I was blessed to,” Davis said. “I’m definitely going to respect that and work hard this season.”