Trent Williams Suspended 4 Games: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistNovember 1, 2016

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 26: Trent Williams #71 of the Washington Redskins walks off the field at the end of the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 26, 2015 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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The NFL suspended Washington offensive tackle Trent Williams four games Tuesday for violating its substance abuse policy.  

Washington announced Williams' suspension on Twitter and issued an official statement:

Washington Redskins @Redskins

Trent Williams has been suspended without pay for the team’s next four games for violating the NFL Policy & Program for Substances of Abuse. https://t.co/zrUPtINfIZ

Per Mike Jones of the Washington Post, Williams was suspended for missing a drug test. 

This is Williams' second four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He previously missed the final four games of the 2011 season for failing "multiple drug tests," according to Jones and colleague Mark Maske

In May 2012, Williams spoke publicly about his suspension for the first time, telling reporters, "I made a mistake, and I've just got to deal with it."

Per ESPN's Field Yates, Williams' latest suspension will be costly:

Field Yates @FieldYates

The 4-game suspension for Washington LT Trent Williams is a pricey one: he'll surrender $1,650,735.29 in base salary & per-game bonuses.

Williams has been a rock on the Washington offensive line since the team drafted him fourth overall in 2010. He only missed three games from 2012 through 2015 and was named to the Pro Bowl each of those seasons as well as the All-Pro second team in 2015. 

Per Pro Football Focus (via Jeff Dooley of the Washington Post), Williams was ranked as the NFL's seventh-best player regardless of position following Week 7. 

Backup left tackle Ty Nsekhe has appeared in all eight of Washington's games so far this season and should slot into the starting role until Williams returns. 

Washington does have a bye this week to prepare for life without Williams, though its first test will be significant in Week 10 against the stout Minnesota Vikings defense.