Redskins’ Williams suspended 4 games for substance abuse

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ASHLAND, Va. (AP/WRIC) — Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams has been suspended four games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

It’s his second four-game suspension, after testing positive multiple times for marijuana during the 2011 season.

NFL Statement:

Trent Williams of the Washington Redskins has been suspended without pay for the team’s next four games for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
Williams’ suspension begins immediately. He will be eligible to return to the Redskins’ active roster on Monday, December 5 following the team’s December 4 game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Williams will miss Washington’s games against the Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals. He’s eligible to return to the team Dec. 5.

In a statement released Tuesday, the Redskins say they’re counting on Williams helping the team when he returns from the 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.”

The four-time Pro Bowl left tackle has missed only three games dating to 2012.

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