Daryl Washington LB ARI 3 months ago

Washington will apply for reinstatement from his suspension "within the next week or so," the Arizona Republic reports.

The step would be the first in Washington's quest to learn his availability for the 2015 campaign. His suspension last season resulted from a repeat violation of the league's substance abuse policy, and in order to be reinstated, he must provide all "pertinent information" related to his treatment from his year away from football. The NFL will then have 60 days to review and make a decision on his eligibility. Since no violation has been reported during his ban, Washington seems like a safe bet to receive clearance from the league. However, he still has potential punishment hanging over his head from a domestic violence conviction for a May of 2013 incident, which will likely be taken seriously due to recent high-profile cases from across the NFL.

Daryl Washington LB ARI 5 months ago1 Comment

The Cardinals aren't counting on having Washington available for 2015, azcardinals.com reports.

Washington was suspended for the entire 2014 season for a repeat violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, and he'll likely be suspended again for a subsequent domestic-violence assault conviction. A mandatory six-game ban would seem to represent Washington's best-case scenario, but his history and the details of the incident could perhaps warrant a longer suspension. While he was one of the league's top defensive players not too long ago, Washington won't necessarily get back to that level, if he plays in 2015.

Daryl Washington LB ARI 1 year ago1 Comment

The Cardinals are reportedly "fuming" over Daryl Washington's latest substance abuse violation and are preparing to go after his $10 million option bonus.

Daryl Washington LB ARI 1 year ago2 Comments

Suspended ILB Daryl Washington revealed his minimum one-year suspension is for a marijuana violation.

Washington's 2013 four-game ban was for violating the NFL's drug test policy, so he's now a multiple violator. And to reiterate, Washington has not yet faced any league discipline for his guilty plea to felony aggravated assault. We wouldn't expect to see 27-year-old Washington playing football anytime soon.

Daryl Washington LB ARI 1 year ago

NFL suspended Cardinals ILB Daryl Washington for "at least" a year for violations of the league's substance abuse policy.

FOX Sports 910 in Arizona first had the report, and it's now confirmed. The NFL announced this suspension is specifically for substance abuse violations and "unrelated to Washington's recent plea bargain for an assault charge," which perhaps explains why the announcement was "at least" a year. (He could face further discipline.) Washington was also suspended four games in 2013 for substance abuse violations. A dynamic coverage linebacker, pass rusher, and run defender, Washington's ban is an enormous blow to Arizona's defense. They'll turn to sophomore Kevin Minter and Steelers retread Larry Foote as underwhelming replacements.

Daryl Washington LB ARI 1 year ago3 Comments

FOX Sports 910 in Arizona reports Cardinals ILB Daryl Washington will be suspended for the entire 2014 season.

Washington pled guilty to aggravated assault last month after he choked out the mother of his daughter, causing her to fall and break her collarbone. Commissioner Roger Goodell is dropping the hammer on Washington if this report proves to be true. Washington was suspended four games at the start of 2013, but that was for a violation of the substance-abuse policy. This impending ban falls under the personal conduct policy. It's a massive blow to the Arizona defense. Washington was a stud in coverage next to Karlos Dansby last season and received excellent marks as a run defender and pass rusher from Pro Football Focus in 2012. Kevin Minter and Larry Foote will have to pick up the slack. Minter played just one defensive snap as a rookie.

Daryl Washington LB ARI 1 year ago4 Comments

Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports 910 in Arizona hears Daryl Washington's suspension could be longer than expected.

Daryl Washington LB ARI 1 year ago

Cardinals ILB Daryl Washington has been sentenced to one year of probation for aggravated assault.

Daryl Washington LB ARI 1 year ago

Cardinals ILB Daryl Washington pleaded guilty on Monday to his aggravated assault charge.

Washington was accused of breaking his ex-girlfriend's collarbone in a domestic dispute last May. He'd already been suspended four games to open the 2013 season at the time, although that was for substance abuse violations. Still, Washington is certainly at risk of more discipline after a guilty plea to a serious charge. He will be sentenced on April 23. When available, Washington is a high-impact blitzer and run defender in the Navorro Bowman mold.

Daryl Washington LB ARI 1 year ago

The Cardinals paid ILB Daryl Washington his $10 million option bonus Thursday.

After multiple off-field incidents last offseason, there was some question as to whether the Cardinals would pay Washington. They've decided to keep the difference-making inside 'backer. He'll be leaned on heavily after ILB Karlos Dansby left the desert for Cleveland. Washington is an every-down player who can rush the passer and is elite in coverage. He's under contract through 2017.