The Arizona Cardinals have signed veteran inside linebacker Ernie Sims to a one-year contract.

They signed him days after Daryl Washington was suspended for the entire season for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy again.

Sims worked out for the team last week.

Over the past two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, the former Detroit Lions' first-round draft pick started a dozen games and recorded 86 tackles, one sack and a forced fumble.

Sims could start next to Kevin Minter, but will face competition from Larry Foote.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun