Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis was reportedly arrested on Thursday and charged with driving under the influence in Fairfax County.
Updates From Friday, Feb. 21:
TMZ provided us with Davis' mugshot:
Redskins Tight End Fred Davis -- COTTON-MOUTHED MUG SHOT ... After DUI bust http://t.co/aGttoNujoy— TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) February 21, 2014
Redskins general manager Bruce Allen talked about the arrest, according to Pro Football Talk:
“I’m disappointed for Fred,” Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen said Friday, via Mike Jones of the Washington Post. “We really can’t comment on the suspension because that’s a league matter with Fred. But I heard, like everyone else about what happened yesterday, and that’s disappointing.”
Allen said it was too soon to speculate about Davis’ football future.
“It’s too early because I don’t know the details of what happened yesterday,” Allen said. “There’s always a different side to the story. Unfortunately we’re not able to talk to Fred, because of the suspension. But, he is a resilient guy. He had to overcome a hurdle a few years ago, and he did it. He got injured and he worked hard to come back, and so it’s up to Fred what his future holds.”
Mike Jones of the Washington Post reported the news:
Can confirm Fred Davis was pulled over today and charged with DUI today in Fairfax Country.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) February 21, 2014
The off-field tribulations for Davis continue after he was suspended indefinitely on Wednesday for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. That could turn out to be a six-game suspension, per CBSSports.com's John Breech, but this latest transgression by Davis certainly isn't helping his cause to get back onto the gridiron.
Breech's report documented a statement Davis released regarding his indefinite suspension, which indicates a desire to stay in shape and return to the field as soon as possible:
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.
That bid to expedite his return was hampered by Davis' own behavior on Thursday. It can't be determined if alcohol is related to Davis' substance abuse issues, but his poor decision-making may prevent him from playing for even longer.
Issues similar to Davis' have been a discouraging theme in Washington in recent years, per CSNWashington.com's Tarik El-Bashir:
Tweeted this last month: I believe Davis is now the ninth #Redskins player to be suspended since 2011 for violating the NFL's drug policies.— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) February 19, 2014
Davis was a second-round pick in the 2008 draft and has spent his entire pro career in the nation's capital, but he is due to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. When healthy, the 28-year-old has proven to be a viable pass-catching tight end—a breed of playmaker that is increasing in many offenses around the league.
Unfortunately, Davis tore his Achilles midway through the 2012 campaign and hasn't been the same since, registering just seven receptions for 70 yards in 10 games this past season.
After having a breakout season of sorts in 2011 with a career-best 59 receptions for 796 yards (despite being on a losing team), it looked as though Davis could elevate to an elite level with the proper quarterback. Robert Griffin III's arrival the following year saw a solid rapport develop from an early stage.
For a Washington team that is in the midst of plenty of uncertainty after a 3-13 season, this DUI for Davis is an unwelcome addition to the instability. New head coach Jay Gruden will try to turn the team around and win an NFC title—hopefully with a healthy Griffin—but losing Davis perhaps for good is a major detriment to that effort.
There was no guarantee Davis would re-sign in Washington even without the off-field troubles, but that will likely discourage the front office from pursuing him. Any team that picks him up now will have to hold a roster spot for him as he sits idle, which means Davis could still be on the open market when the regular season starts despite his talent.