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It's Official: Trent Williams & Fred Davis' Season Up In Smoke

Mike Shanahan dodged suspension questions in Monday's media presser since the NFL had not yet given explicit details to the team. Well, now the NFL just did:

Fred Davis and Trent Williams of the Washington Redskins have been suspended without pay for the team's next four games for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Their suspensions begin immediately. They will be eligible to return to the Redskins' active roster on Monday, January 2 following the team's January 1 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The two offensive standouts are suspended without pay and upon return to the facility on January 2nd, they will have to conduct physicals and deal with their related off-season business, as Rick Snider pointed out.

Is this news disappointing to the team? Of course. But Rich Tandler poured some fresh Kool-Aid highlighting that a failed test for weed is much more forgiving, and less alarming, than run-ins with the police for assault, battery, etc. I mean, I'd much rather be dealing with Fred Davis and Trent Williams off-field issues than Suh's, who Kenny Meringolo has already dubbed "Haynseworth 2.0".

I get the counter argument that these guys should have learned their lesson after the first failed test during the post-lockout grace period, but it's in the past. Let's hope these guys learned from their mistakes and we can move on. Lord knows we need both of them.