By Ben Eagle
February 19, 2014

Fred Davis suspended: This is the second substance abuse-related suspension of Fred Davis' career. This is the second substance abuse-related suspension of Fred Davis' career. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Soon-to-be free agent Fred Davis won't be signing with a new team anytime soon. The former Washington Redskins tight end was suspended indefinitely without pay Wednesday for violation of the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Davis is coming off a disappointing season in which he played in just 10 games. Washington was reportedly shopping him hard at the deadline, and days after the deadline passed, Davis admitted to "nodding" off in team meetings. This is the second suspension of Davis' career, with the first coming in 2011 as result of a failed drug test.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported in late January that Davis was facing a six-game suspension for violation of the league's substance abuse policy. It would appear that the report was conservative.

Davis released a statement through the NFLPA, saying that the suspension was the result of a tainted supplement.

“I would like to clarify the circumstances that resulted in my current suspension. 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 contain banned substances. The NFL Policy is strict, and not knowing that a supplement might contain a banned substance doesn’t excuse a violation of the policy. I’ve worked closely with the NFLPA and NFL to resolve this violation, and I will be permitted to apply for reinstatement 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.”

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