In the wake of Fred Davis’ arrest for DUI, Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said Friday he was “disappointed” in the suspended tight end but remains hopeful that he'll rebound from this latest setback.
“I’m disappointed for Fred,” Allen told reporters at the scouting combine in Indianapolis. “We really can’t comment on the suspension because that’s a league matter with Fred. But I heard like everybody about what happened yesterday and that’s disappointing.”
Davis, 28, was suspended indefinitely by the NFL on Wednesday for violating the league’s policy and program for substances of abuse. Although the NFL doesn’t disclose the particular substance, Davis said in a statement that the banned substance was contained in a supplement that he ingested, not marijuana. Davis was previously suspended four games in 2011 for multiple failed drug tests.
Then things turn a sharp and scary turn for the worse on Thursday afternoon for Davis, who will become an unrestricted free agent next month.
Fairfax County police said Davis was arrested and charged with DUI after getting stopped around 4 p.m. near Tyson’s Corner.
Allen said he was aware of Davis’ arrest but wanted to learn more about it before commenting. Allen also noted that the team can’t have direct contact with Davis because of the suspension.
“It’s too early because I don’t know the details of what happened yesterday and there’s always a different side to the story,” Allen said. “Unfortunately, we’re not able to talk to Fred because of the suspension.”
Allen went on to describe Davis as “resilient,” noting how he’s overcome hurdles in the past, most notably the suspension three years ago and a season-ending Achilles’ tendon tear in 2012.
This latest hurdle, though, will definitely be the highest one Davis has faced yet.
“He’s a resilient guy,” Allen said. “He had to overcome a hurdle a few years ago, and he did it. And then he got injured and he worked hard to come back. So it’s up to Fred what his future holds.”