Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington wasn’t available to start the 2013 regular season, due to a suspension imposed under the substance-abuse policy. He could be unavailable for the start of the 2014 regular season, for different reasons.
Per the Associated Press, Washington faces sentencing on Wednesday after pleading guilty to aggravated assault.
Police contend that Washington choked the mother of Washington’s daughter, and that Washington caused the woman to fall and break a collarbone.
He faces probation to up to 18 months behind bars. The lawyers have agreed to recommend probation.
The recommendation won’t be binding on the presiding judge, and it definitely won’t be binding on Commissioner Roger Goodell. Once the matter has concluded, Washington will be subject to discipline under the Personal Conduct Policy.
Four years ago, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was suspended after two allegations of sexual assault; he was never arrested or charged with any crime. So what happens to a guy who was arrested for aggravated assault of a female, who pleaded guilty to an assault charge, and received some type of criminal penalty for it?
It probably won’t be a fine. And it shouldn’t be a fine. Tonight, the Cardinal will know how their schedule unfolds. Eventually, they’ll know how many of those games they’ll have to play without Washington.