Redskins players had Sunday night to familiarize themselves with reports about the four-game suspensions Fred Davis and Trent Williams are facing.
Veterans Lorenzo Alexander and Reed Doughty, two of the longest-tenured members of the team, explained their emotions during the open locker room period Monday morning.
“I wouldn’t call it anger, but it’s just disappointing because everybody is aware of the rules and how the NFL carries the drug policy,” Alexander said. “More than just yourself is at stake if you happen to get caught, especially those two guys who play intricate roles on the success of whether we win or lose.”
Davis’ and Williams’ lockers still contained all of their belongings as the team waits for official word about disciplinary action the NFL is planning. Alexander’s stall is next to theirs.
“They’re both great guys,” he said. “Obviously this is going to create a different perception of them off the field. I know these guys intimately being in here every day with them. Both guys I love dearly; great teammates and go out there and bust their butt every time they’re on the field.”
Doughty expressed disappointment and emphasized the importance of the team pushing through the situation.
“When we sign on that dotted line to be a part of this NFL, it’s a privilege to be a part of it,” he said. “We’ve got to act accordingly.”
“It’s hard to lose two guys of that caliber. Fred was having an unbelievable year – really, a Pro Bowl-type year – and you hope you he gets to build on that to really make it to the Pro Bowl. I don’t know what will happen with that. Trent has played at a high level when he’s been healthy.
“And so obviously losing those two players, if it happens, will hurt, but guys have got to step up. We’ve had injuries across the board this year and that’s why we’re not here just to be backups and to watch the game. If you’re on this team you’ve got to be ready to play and you’ve to be accountable.”
Perhaps rookie Roy Helu would be most affected by Davis’ and Williams’ prolonged absence. They are “crucial” to the Redskins’ run blocking efforts, he said.
“Trent is just an outstanding athlete and even more an offensive lineman,” Helu said. “He can get the edges and hook them, and he’s experienced. Also, Fred, too. He’s more than just a pass threat. He’s physical and strong on the edge. So it’s a loss.”