Cardinals LB Daryl Washington suspended for 2014 season

Cardinals LB Daryl Washington suspended for 2014 season

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Oct 17, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) is tackled by Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington (58) at University of Phoenix Stadium.

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by Nate Davis, USA TODAY Sports

NWCN.com

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl linebacker Daryl Washington has been suspended for the 2014 season by the NFL for his latest violation of the league's substance abuse policy.

"It's completely unacceptable that Daryl has once again put us in this position," Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said in a statement.

"We all know what the consequences are and will deal with them. From a personal standpoint, our hope is that this suspension will give Daryl the opportunity to accept the necessary help and guidance to get his life back on track and we will certainly support him however we can.

"As it pertains to our team, our approach is the same as it's always been: next man up. We talk a lot about how critical depth is to a team because situations always arise where you lose players, whether by injury or other circumstances such as this one. One player's absence is another's opportunity. That approach has served us well in the past and we will rely on it now."

Washington will be eligible to apply for reinstatement a year from now.

He also missed the first four games of the 2013 season for a substance abuse violation.

Washington pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated assault against his former girlfriend in March and was sentenced to one year of supervised probation in April.

One of the league's more athletic inside linebackers, Washington was a Pro Bowler in 2012 after posting 134 tackles and nine sacks, both career-highs. He finished with 75 tackles and three sacks last season after serving his suspension to start the season.

Washington signed a six-year contract extension prior to the 2012 season, and the Cardinals exercised a $10 million option two months ago.

With Karlos Dansby signing with the Cleveland Browns in the offseason, the Cardinals will likely turn to veteran Larry Foote and second-year man Kevin Minter to start at inside linebacker in 2014.

Arizona's defense ranked sixth overall in 2013 and first against the run.

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