The seasons of two offensive stalwarts for the Washington Redskins likely came to an unceremonious end Sunday after multiple reports said tight end Fred Davis and left tackle Trent Williams would be suspended for the season's final four games because of failed tests for recreational drugs.
The players dressed in the coaches' locker room and security whisked them from FexEx Field.
"Everybody knows it's illegal," linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said. "It's been like that since I've been in the league, so everybody has to be held accountable under the rules."
Two attendants wearing blue plastic gloves emptied Davis' and Williams' lockers. One fished a gray beanie from next to Williams' open playbook and jogged out of the locker room.
Neither player was available for comment.
SI.com first reported the suspensions in a tweet at 1:04 p.m. Sunday. According to the report, Davis and Williams were able to play against the New York Jets on Sunday because the NFL had not notified them of the suspensions in writing.
SI.com reported Davis and Williams tested positive for marijuana during the season — their third failed test — but their suspensions were cut down as part of a post-lockout deal between the NFL and NFL Players Association.
"I've received no information about it," coach Mike Shanahan said. "But I will comment on it in the next day or two depending on what has happened."
In the second season of a six-year, $60 million contract, Williams will lose almost $1.9 million because of the suspension. Davis makes $555,000 this year, but the long-term cost could be higher because he is a free agent after the season.
Amid chunks of turf, wet towels and discarded gear littering the locker room's carpet, teammates insisted they had no idea the suspensions loomed.
"Trent was cool. I wouldn't have thought anything [was going on]," backup tackle Sean Locklear said.
"Everybody's saying it," tackle Jammal Brown said, "so I guess it's true."
Both players leave significant holes in an offense still searching for rhythm three quarters of the way through the season.
Williams, the second-year player and captain, missed two games earlier this season because of a high ankle sprain. Locklear, who normally plays right tackle, expects to slide over and replace Williams.
While the offensive line has shuffled and reshuffled this season because of injuries and ineffectiveness, Davis has been the team's most consistent offensive threat.
The fourth-year player caught 53 passes for 697 yards, including 99 yards Sunday. With tight end Chris Cooley already on injured reserve, Logan Paulsen, in his second season, likely moves into the starting lineup.
Near the empty lockers of Davis and Williams, few questions concerned the 34-19 loss to the Jets. The burden fell on teammates to respond to questions they didn't have answers to.
All that remained of Williams was a small mound of towels in front of his locker and, inside Davis', a lonely bottle of blue Gatorade.
"It's a team. We all know the rules. Whatever comes out, comes out. It's a shame," Alexander said. "These are two significant players on our team that are big-play guys. It's definitely going to hurt us if those guys are not able to play the last four games."
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