The one time Daryl Washington talked about his off-field issues, back in May, was right after Karlos Dansby — the man who will replace Washington at least during Washington’s four-game NFL suspension — signed to return to Arizona.
“I’m actually learning from him as I’m watching him,” Washington said. “It’s good that we brought another addition in at linebacker so (he’s) a good guy to learn from and hopefully we can complement each other on the field if we can ever play together.”
I guess a lot can happen, but I’d think the two will eventually play together. Nothing has changed with Washington as of right now. Last week he had his first pretrial conference after his arrest and The Maricopa County Superior Court public information officer Twitter feed noted his next court date is scheduled for Aug. 6. That will be after training camp begins. I do not know if Washington’s presence is required for that or not. I also, being the non-legal expert that I am, don’t know how long this will take to play out.
I do know that Washington is an important part of the defense, even if Dansby’s arrival gives the Cardinals wiggle room. Forgetting about the contract decisions that have to be made on Washington (and that big bonus he is due early next year), a resolution of some sort is always the best thing in situations like this and it’s tough to tell how long it will take to get resolved. After that very bumpy beginning, Washington had a very quiet offseason. He was working with the second unit behind Dansby and there were plenty of other storylines that were subjects to allow him just to stay behind the scenes and work.
Said Coach Bruce Arians last month on a SiriusXM NFL radio interview, “It’s all up to him. He’s had double incidents and, as an organization, that throws a red flag up. But I think Daryl is a very bright young man who understands the mistakes he’s made and he’s walking a very thin line in the league right now. Super talented, but you have to adhere to the rules.”
Beyond that, there isn’t much to be said beyond wait-and-see right now.
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