Suspended for at least the entire season for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy, Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington acknowledged that his suspension was for using marijuana.
"The Policy is very strict, and I have chosen to take responsibility," Washington said in a statement issued through his agent, Jordan Woy. "I am committed to making changes in my life that will allow me to return to the NFL as soon as possible. I will work extremely hard to stay in top football shape, and will work equally as hard to ensure that my life off of the field meets the high level of maturity and responsibility to which I am committed.
"I sincerely apologize for the effect of my actions on my teammates, coaches and other colleagues at the Cardinals. I also apologize to Cardinals fans for the time I will miss. I will work diligently during this suspension and will return as a better man and football player."
Washington isn't allowed to be around the team or work out at team headquarters during his supension.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun