The future of Daryl Washington as a Cardinal remains vague, since Daryl Washington the football player remains suspended by the NFL for violation of the substance abuse policy. That suspension was supposed to last for at least a year — late May — although the CBA does allow for Washington to begin the reinstatement process right around this time. The Cardinals aren’t talking about Washington or his status on the team until he is finally reinstated. Even when that happens, Washington must find out if there is any league punishment on last year’s assault conviction (which, assuming he went through the proper post-plea steps, should have been moved to a misdemeanor by now.)
But Mike Jurecki scored a coup when he recently talked to Washington. Washington told Jurecki he had completed anger management courses and said he hasn’t failed or missed any of the random drug tests he has needed to take. If true, both are positive steps towards reinstatement, I’d think. Of course, even if reinstated, there are other issues with which to deal — not the least of which is being able to regain the trust of the organization and teammates. Washington did say he’s had support from a number of teammates.
“I’m looking forward to a fresh start, and excited about playing football again,” Washington told Jurecki. “I’ve even thought about changing my number.”
Tags: Daryl Washington, Mike Jurecki
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That quiet you hear is not from Darnell Dockett’s Twitter account, although the big tease threw out his firebomb Tuesday night and has held radio silence since (Now Mike Jurecki is reporting Drew Rosenhaus and Dockett will meet with general manager Rod Graves tomorrow about the contract).
More on Nine-0 in a minute.
No, the quiet is the empty building after all the proper equipment has been packed up and shipped up to Flagstaff. The team reports for a meeting tomorrow night. I have to stay here at the facility most of tomorrow, but azcardinals.com will be covering the players and coaches as they arrive and I will get any important info out on the blog and Twitter ASAP. And I’ll start full bore on the coverage Saturday.
I am guessing LBs O’Brien Schofield and Gerald Hayes will start on the PUP list, but since a player can come off that at any point in camp, it’s not some kind of death knell if Hayes is on the list (If he is still there when the Cards carve up their 53-man roster, then that’s a problem). I would guess no one is going to be revealing Deuce Lutui’s current weight either, unless Deuce has had a Biggest Loser moment and wants to tell the world.
The Dockett meeting is interesting but doesn’t necessarily mean anything concrete. The sides have met periodically and Rosenhaus used to do the same for Anquan Boldin and all his Cardinal clients. I am guessing Dockett isn’t going to be told he’s about to get a new deal right now. I wonder if Rosenhaus will try to go the Chris Johnson route in the short term, although that money was already built into Johnson’s deal.
I could ramble on all night. Lots of topics to discuss. It just means it’s time for football, and now everything starts to mean a little bit more as the regular season approaches.
Tags: Darnell Dockett, Deuce Lutui, Gerald Hayes, Mike Jurecki, O'Brien Schofield, Rod Graves
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