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Redskins tight end Fred Davis suspended indefinitely by NFL, admits pot usage

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Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis is slated to become a free agent in March.

Really free.

Davis was suspended indefinitely without pay for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, the league announced Wednesday.

Previously, reports had Davis receiving a six-game suspension.

The NFLPA issued a statement from Davis on his behalf.

"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."

This is the second time Davis has violated the NFL’s policy. Davis was previously suspended for the final four games of the 2011, reportedly failing a marijuana test.

Well, Davis made Washington's decision to part ways with him easier.

Washington was not expected to re-sign the tight end in free agency. He fell behind Jordan Reed on Washington’s depth charts, and was inactive several times. Davis told the media he wanted to be traded last season, but the Redskins hung on to him.

Davis, 28, compiled 2,043 yards and 12 touchdowns during his six-year career. With a second suspension on his résumé, his career is potentially over.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at NFLAnwar@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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