Posted: Sunday December 4, 2011 1:18PM ; Updated: Sunday December 4, 2011 1:18PM
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Redskins' Davis, Williams suspended for failed drug tests

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Fred Davis, Trent Williams will begin four-game suspensions in Week 14

They played in Week 13 because they didn't get written notification from NFL

Players were suspended for the year, but a settlement lowered it to four games

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Fred Davis
Fred Davis has a career-high 697 yards and three touchdwons for the Redskins this season.
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As part of a settlement agreement between the NFL Players Association and the NFL, Redskins tight end Fred Davis and offensive tackle Trent Williams have received four-game suspensions for violating the league's substance abuse policy, multiple league sources said.

The suspensions didn't start with Sunday's game against the visiting Jets because the players had yet to receive written notification from the league, a source said.

Davis and Williams were informed earlier in the week that they would be suspended for the year because their positive test for marijuana occurred during the season and was at least their third offense under the policy. However, the discipline was reduced as part of a negotiated settlement involving the 11 players who failed drug tests in the two- to four-week grace period that followed the end of the lockout.

Per the settlement, there would be no discipline for those who tested positive during the grace period. Davis and Williams were in the group, but their suspensions stem from positive tests during the season, not the grace period.

In other player news, the National Labor Relations Board has dismissed Bengals running back Cedric Benson's unfair labor practice charge against the NFLPA and its executive director, DeMaurice Smith.
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