Daryl Washington suspended for 2014 season for substance-abuse violation

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington has been suspended at least the entire season for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy, the team announced.

Washington served a four-game suspension last season for violating the substance-abuse policy. This latest suspension will cost him $3 million through the forfeiture of his $2.9 million salary and $100,000 workout bonus.

“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 had 81 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions in a dozen games last season.

The Cardinals have Kevin Minter and Larry Foote to start at inside linebacker.

Free agent linebacker Ernie Sims visited this week.

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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