News & Notes: Fred Davis, Trent Williams Won’t Change Roster Plans
ASHBURN – The chance of left tackle Trent Williams and tight end Fred Davis missing the rest of the season because of another failed drug test will not factor into the way head coach Mike Shanahan constructs his roster as final cuts approach.
Each player was suspended for the final four games of last season and would miss a calendar year if they tested positive again.
“I trust both of them,” Shanahan said Wednesday. “I’d be very disappointed if they let me down or let their teammates down. I really don’t think along those lines.”
Williams told reporters at a charity event over the summer that failing another drug test is not an issue for him, but he chose not to go into details.
Davis, meanwhile, has maintained that he has changed his lifestyle, which would seemingly prevent him from failing another drug test.
“This is something that I’m not even going to do,” Davis said. “I’m not worried about it.”
Teams must cut their rosters from 90 players to 75 players on Monday, with the final cuts to 53 players to be made four days later on Aug. 31.
* The Redskins were about as physical as they’ll ever be in practice on Wednesday, with players allowed to hit each other – though not tackle.
“We actually had contact today – pretty good contact – almost like a live situation, except not taking guys to the ground,” Shanahan said.
That allowed the team to better evaluate running back Tim Hightower, who worked at full speed with the starting offense and actually ran plays, as he returns from a torn ACL in his left knee. It was also good, Shanahan said, to see what linebacker London Fletcher could do as he returns from what both the head coach and player refer to as an “illness.”
* New Orleans announced offensive line coach Aaron Kromer will serve as the interim head coach for the first six games of the season, including against the Redskins in the opener on Sept. 9, before linebackers coach Joe Vitt returns to assume that title. He, along with head coach Sean Payton, were suspended for their roles in the team’s bounty program; Payton is suspended for the season.