Redskins’ Trent Williams suspended

Washington Redskins all star left tackle Trent Williams has been suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, according to an NFL spokesperson.

The Redskins released this statement:

“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.”

Obviously, this is a terrible blow to the Skins, as Williams is not only their best offensive lineman, but is probably their best player — and has been for at least five years. Presumably, Ty Nsekhe, a capable lineman, but a clear step down from Williams, will take over at left tackle.

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