Trent Williams has been suspended for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse

Trent Williams
Trent Williams will be forced out of the Redskins lineup for the next four games.

Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams missed a mandatory drug test.

It’s going to cost him four games.

Today the Redskins issued the following statement regarding Williams’ suspension:

“Today, Trent Williams was suspended by the NFL under the terms of the Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse for the next four games.  We met with Trent today to discuss this unfortunate news. Per the terms of the Policy, Trent will be permitted to participate in team meetings and workout at the Redskins’ facilities throughout this time. The Redskins are counting on Trent to help our team when he returns from suspension. Our focus will now turn to the Minnesota Vikings after our bye this upcoming weekend. Any questions related to this matter should be directed to the NFL or NFLPA.”

Under NFL bylaws, a missed drug test is the same as a failed drug test.  In fact, Pittsburgh Steelers’ star running back Le’Veon Bell was suspended for four games earlier this season for the same reason.

It’s worth noting that Bell’s suspension was ultimately reduced to three games.

Assuming Williams doesn’t appeal the ruling and begins his suspension immediately, he would be able to return on December 5th for the Redskins game against the Arizona Cardinals.

This is a huge blow for the Redskins who have fallen to last place in the NFC East.  The 28-year-old Williams is regarded as one of the better left tackles in the NFL and serves as a co-captain on the team’s offense.

Ty Nsekhe is listed as the backup left tackle on the team’s depth chart and will likely be elevated to starter.


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