The NFL suspended Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington for the 2014 season on Friday for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. Washington, 27, had a four-game suspension last season for a violation of the league’s policy regarding substance abuse.
“It’s completely unacceptable that Daryl has once again put us in this position,” 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.”
Washington made the Pro Bowl as an alternate in 2012 after leading the Cardinals with 134 total tackles – tied for the 11th-most in the league. But the Cardinals appear ready to move on without him.
“As it pertains to our team, our approach is the same as it’s always been: next man up,” Keim said. “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.”