When Redskins coach Mike Shanahan accurately pointed out Monday the impending suspensions of Fred Davis and Trent Williams wouldn’t be the first time he’s gone through this.
“It’s always a tough situation anytime you lose players but I feel more comfortable talking about that once I know what the NFL and the Players Association have agreed to,” he said.
Shanahan also has experience talking out of turn when it comes to league discipline.
Four years ago, the NFL docked Shanahan $25,000 for “inappropriate public comments about the substance abuse program, in voiolation of league policy.”
On Nov. 12, 2007, Shanahan talked about running back Travis Henry’s appeal of a one-year drug suspension, detailing that Henry took an independent hair sample and lie detector tests in preparation for his appeal.
Shanahan was fine for talking about the process, which he said he did to show support for his players. Henry won his appeal.
A year later, just one year into a five-year, $22.5 million deal, the Broncos released Henry.
Other players who have been suspended for failed drug tests under Shanahan’s watch include cornerback Dale Carter (2000) and offensive lineman Cyron Brown, who was quickly discarded.