Ex-USC tight end Fred Davis reportedly reinstated by NFL

Ex-USC tight end Fred Davis reportedly reinstated by NFL
USC tight end Fred Davis celebrates with a rose after a victory over the UCLA Bruins at the Coliseum in 2007. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Former USC tight end Fred Davis has been reinstated by the NFL following an indefinite suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy after missing the entire 2014 season, according to multiple reports.

Davis was suspended in February 2014 after testing positive for a banned substance, the tight end said in a statement at the time released by the NFL Players Assn. In 2011, he missed the last four games of the regular season after testing positive for marijuana.

Days after his suspension last year, Davis was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated by Fairfax County Police in Virginia. Those charges were later dropped, as were assault charges in June after he was arrested on suspicion of assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

Davis, who was drafted in the second round by the Washington Redskins in 2008, made three starts in 2013 and appeared in 10 games, catching seven passes for 70 yards and one touchdown.

The former Trojan had his best year in the NFL in 2011, catching 59 passes for 796 yards and three scores. The 29-year-old is currently a free agent.

At USC, Davis received All-Pac-10 honors and was named a first-team All-American by the Sporting News. In four years at USC, Davis caught 117 passes for 1,408 yards and 13 touchdowns and was a member of the 2004 team that won the BCS National championship, a title that was later vacated.

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