Linebacker Daryl Washington was back at practice Thursday after going to New York Monday and Tuesday to meet with the NFL in an effort to get his four-game suspension reduced. He was denied, and the four-game suspension stands.
“I thought it was a good interview but I didn’t get the news I wanted to hear,” Washington said. “It’s just motivaton for me to come back stronger for these last 12 games.”
Washington and his agent did not get to meet with commissioner Roger Goodell, which is what Washington was hoping for. He met instead with Adolpho Birch, NFL senior vice president of Law and Labor Policy.
“He’s a good dude. and I got a lot of understanding what was going on,” Washington said. “It was a nice meeting. Just wasn’t what I expected. but I wouldn’t say it’s a waste of a trip.”
“It’s still a suspension, unfortunately,” Washington added. “But you have to deal with it and move past it, put a smile on your face and play those 12 games.”
— LB Karlos Dansby (hamstring) did some individual work in practice Thursday but then came back out. Bruce Arians said Dansby was expected to return to practice Monday.
— CB Javier Arenas (finger) didn’t practice. His status for Saturday’s game seems doubtful.
— CB Patrick Peterson made a fantastic interception on a deep ball thrown by Ryan Lindley to Robert Gill. Running stride for stride with Gill, Peterson timed it perfectly, jumped and snatched the ball with two hands just out of the waiting fingertips of Gill.
— TE D.C. Jefferson looked much better catching the ball in practice. But then he false-started on a play later. Arians earlier in the day had said that Jefferson “goes up and down like a yo-yo but when he’s up there he’s pretty good.” Yo-yo was on display.
— Injury list included: Arenas, Dansby, TE Jeff King (knee), RB Ryan Williams (knee), TE Kory Sperry (ankle), S Jonathon Amaya (knee), DT Dan Williams (ankle), DE Frostee Rucker (toe), S Rashad Johnson (knee/ankle) and DT RIcky Lumpkin (ankle). LB Dan Giordano remains on PUP (toe).
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