Trent Williams has been suspended for four games by the National Football League.
The Washington Redskins star offensive lineman was handed the punishment by Roger Goodell and co for violating the league's substance-abuse policy earlier this year.
The Pro Bowl tackle will be missed massively by the Redskins, who have based a large part of their offense on the O-line's ability to create holes in the run game while also giving Kirk Cousins as much time as possible in the pocket.
“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," the NFL said in their statement.
"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.”
This is the second suspension of Williams' career, as he served a four-game ban back in 2011 which was also for a violation of the substance abuse policy.
"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 out at the Redskins’ facilities throughout this time. The Redskins are counting on Trent to help our team when he returns from suspension," Washington said in a statement.
According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, the ban came because Williams missed a test, rather than failing one.