Redskins' RB Silas Redd suspended indefinitely

The third-year running back already faced long odds of making the roster after missing the 2015 season with a knee injury.

Silas Redd remained in the mix for a roster spot despite not playing in 2015. That may no longer be the case after the running back's latest suspension. 

The Washington Redskins released the following statement from an NFL spokesman Tuesday afternoon:

Silas Redd of the Washington Redskins has been suspended indefinitely without pay for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Redd’s suspension begins immediately.

Redd, who missed last season after tearing ligaments in his right knee, was suspended four games in November for violating the league’s policy and program for substances of abuse.

The former USC runner averaged 4.7 yards per carry on 16 carries in 2014 for Washington. Redd was expected to battle Chris Thompson for roster spot on last season's roster before suffering the injury. Only Matt Jones and Thompson are likely locks for the backfield this season, though Washington will likely add more help in free agency or the upcoming draft. 

The indefinite part of the suspension certainly clouds Redd's future in Washington. Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan has emphasized positive locker room presences since he joined the organization in early 2015. That Redd wasn't one of McCloughan's picks likely won't help his cause.

Ben Standig is the Publisher of Breaking Burgundy and the Huddle Report's 2012 NFL Mock Draft champion. You can find him on Twitter @benstandig and on Google+

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