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NFL suspends Cardinals LB Daryl Washington four games

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The NFL has suspended Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington for the first four games of the 2013 regular season.

Washington, who started all 16 games last season and was chosen to the Pro Bowl, has been suspended for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. He will be able to participate in offseason work and the preseason but will then have to stay away from the team for the first four weeks of the regular season.

The league offers few details and does not confirm which substance players tested positive for when it confirms suspensions, but as we noted with the suspension of Baltimore’s Christian Thompson, a suspension under the substance-abuse policy happens only after the player violates the policy multiple times. So Washington must be a repeat offender.

Washington acknowledged the suspension and apologized in a statement released by the Cardinals.

“I was always taught that when you make a mistake, you admit it, learn from it and face whatever consequences there are,” Washington said. “I take full responsibility and I understand that I let down my teammates, the organization and fans. I apologize for that and promise that no one will work harder to make up for it.”

The Cardinals drafted Washington out of Texas Christian in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft. He became a starter as a rookie and had his best season last year, recording 134 tackles, nine sacks, one interception and two forced fumbles.

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27 Responses to “NFL suspends Cardinals LB Daryl Washington four games”
  1. 808raiderinparadise says: Apr 3, 2013 5:01 PM

    “Palmer’s fault” movement waste no time in Arizona and starts strong.

  2. aldavis4president says: Apr 3, 2013 5:02 PM

    Gotta do what you gotta do lol

  3. steelernationisuperiortothelowlyplebsofthenfllolol says: Apr 3, 2013 5:02 PM

    This is why the Steelers didn’t draft him.

  4. phreakin says: Apr 3, 2013 5:03 PM

    He JUST got a new deal recently too and is the leader of that defense right now. I shoulda known…

  5. Stiller43 says: Apr 3, 2013 5:04 PM

    But its substance abuse and not PEDs right? Those are indeed phrased as different suspensions, yes?

    Its a shame though, he was a pleasure to watch, even as a non fan of the cards.

  6. irootforthecardinals says: Apr 3, 2013 5:09 PM

    Sad, sad day.

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 3, 2013 5:09 PM

    Multiple failed tests should get them kicked out of the NFL for good. It’s obviously just become a cat and mouse game. The guys juice and hope they beat the odds come test time. Or find some technicality to get off on. If not they do their time and come back as juiced as ever.

  8. bobbob1eye says: Apr 3, 2013 5:11 PM

    Adderall’s a hell of a drug.

  9. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 3, 2013 5:11 PM

    Just for your information, I’m going to be commenting like mad for the next while.

    The world might be coming to an end.

  10. atcojack says: Apr 3, 2013 5:13 PM

    “when you make a mistake, you admit it, learn from it”

    Shame you didn’t learn from the first “mistake”, then you wouldn’t be hurting your teammates for 1/4 of the season.

  11. yetimonster says: Apr 3, 2013 5:22 PM

    This guy is a beast, no wonder. And repeat offender?

  12. vaphinfan says: Apr 3, 2013 5:25 PM

    This guy needs to talk to Sherman about how to get away with these things.

  13. beardinals says: Apr 3, 2013 5:35 PM

    For all the geniuses here – the suspension is for “recreational” drugs, not PEDs. Probably smokin the weed.

    A stupid move, nonetheless.

  14. tooz72 says: Apr 3, 2013 6:15 PM

    you talk about no learning lesson…wow

  15. somekat says: Apr 3, 2013 6:22 PM

    beardinals says:
    Apr 3, 2013 5:35 PM
    For all the geniuses here – the suspension is for “recreational” drugs, not PEDs. Probably smokin the weed.

    A stupid move, nonetheless.

    __________________________

    Unless you work in the NFL disciplinary office, you have no idea what it was for, “genius”

  16. Moudabo says: Apr 3, 2013 6:30 PM

    Good young backer.. . too bad he can’t stay clean off the field. Losing him for 4 games is going to hurt, never mind a year if he trips up again. Cards are rolling the dice on this one.

  17. nfl4days says: Apr 3, 2013 6:37 PM

    He was probably smoking weed. Substance abuse doesnt mean PEDs. If it was PEDs, they would say PEDs. When Merriman got caught juicing, and Sherman got got with Adderall they were filed under the performance-enhancing drugs policy.

  18. bgm9876 says: Apr 3, 2013 6:42 PM

    he should be ashamed of him self!!!!!!

  19. iced107 says: Apr 3, 2013 7:17 PM

    Yea.. This wasn’t a Performance enhancing drug… It doesn’t increase his hunger on the field.. more than likely it was increased off of it

  20. djjackson81 says: Apr 3, 2013 7:36 PM

    It is what it is. He owned it and he has stepped up and took accountability. He will be back and mad as hell he let the team down. A motivated and remorseful Washington( probowler) is gonna be fine.

  21. jibberator says: Apr 3, 2013 7:49 PM

    Now they just need to catch half of the seahawk team and well be good.

  22. skinsfansince71 says: Apr 3, 2013 8:42 PM

    Pun not intended.

  23. vikingsnorth says: Apr 3, 2013 9:50 PM

    Just say you have headaches… and move to Seattle.

  24. cdrion21 says: Apr 3, 2013 9:53 PM

    Yaaaaay a player suspended that’s not a redskin…….wait what’s is name???? Washington????? Now youre just being ridiculous

  25. bgm9876 says: Apr 3, 2013 10:23 PM

    yaaaaaaaa its about time its not suh.

  26. j4man1 says: Apr 4, 2013 12:49 AM

    He was taught to admit it and learn from it? If he is a repeat offender he did neither – what a loser and a bigot!

  27. thenew013 says: Apr 4, 2013 8:13 PM

    weed. not a big deal. aderrall. bad, but forgiveable. HGH. you are a dirty stinkin cheater who has no morals and will PAY for your hypocracy in both karma and cash.

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