(CBS)–The NFL has suspended Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams for four games for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse.
According to a statement from the NFL, Williams’ suspension beings immediately, and he’ll be suspended without pay. He will miss games against the Vikings, Packers, Cowboys, and Cardinals. Williams will be eligible to return to the team on Monday, December 5 after the game against Arizona.
“Unfortunately for him this is a missed drug test, not a failed drug test,” Washington Post reporter Mike Jones told Bruce Johnson during Off Script Tuesday evening.
This is the second time Williams has been suspended for violating the NFL’s drug policy. In 2011, he sat out the last four games of the season after failing a third drug test for marijuana use.
“In the eyes of the NFL, if you’re already in the drug program because of your past history, if you miss a test that is failing it,” Jones explained.
Williams has played his entire career with the Redskins. The team drafted him fourth overall in 2010. Since then, the 28-year-old team captain has gone to the Pro Bowl four times.
“It’s a big deal because he’s your best offensive line, probably one of the best players on the team and very important for protecting Kurt Cousins’ blind side,” Jones said.
Williams signed a five-year, $66 million contract extension with the Redskins at the beginning of the 2015 season.
The four-game suspension will cost Williams $1.65 million in base salary and per-game bonuses, according to ESPN reporter Field Yates.
The Washington Redskins released this statement Tuesday evening:
“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.”