Optimistic Washington awaits reinstatement

Posted by Darren Urban on March 22, 2015 – 11:56 am

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.”


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  1. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Mar 22, 2015 | Reply

    Godspeed. “Proof is in the pudding”.

  2. By jimmip on Mar 22, 2015 | Reply

    “I’ve even thought about changing my number.” – Don’t think about it… “Just Do It”

  3. By CardinalChris on Mar 22, 2015 | Reply

    We are all rooting for you DW! Hope you find the Strength we are all searching for to succeed. How about #13? Would that work?

  4. By Cody Zarr on Mar 22, 2015 | Reply

    Interesting that he mentions a number change. That could be a good sign as it seems similar to Tyrann Mathieu ditching the Honey Badger moniker after his trouble. Everyone makes mistakes, some don’t learn from their mistakes, but the desire to shed a former part of yourself, even symbolically, is indicative that he may have gained something from this experience.

  5. By georgiebird on Mar 22, 2015 | Reply

    I wish the best for the Cardinals and secondarily Washington. Hopefully, the one year suspension has had a positive effect on Washington and all the other NFLers who want to assault women and take drugs.
    2014 was Washington’s second chance- he was also suspended 4 games in 2013 and may have cost the Cardinals a playoff spot.
    The fast Washington is a great pursuit LB. He does disappear against strong running teams who tend to overpower him.
    So how good will Washington be with no drugs and a year of rust? If he wasn’t on the Cardinals, I would not want to see him again. But as a sports fan, there is a is a bit of hypocrite in me.

  6. By chango666 on Mar 22, 2015 | Reply

    *fingers crossed* . . . we need DW in Cardinal Red in 2015 . . .

  7. By tkm on Mar 22, 2015 | Reply

    the cardinals will carry on with or without him.if you look for role models he’s not on anybody’s list.great player but burned his team a football player he would be a great help,but never know when strike 3 is going to happen.everybody should have a second chance but this is number 3.when I say everybody I don’t mean the REAL BAD people.anyway if he stays hope he does right.

  8. By Marlin on Mar 22, 2015 | Reply

    gotta hope the kid has his life straight….that’s first. Then, if he can play again for us….icing on the cake!

  9. By Corey on Mar 22, 2015 | Reply

    Love Washington! It’s a joke that Greg Hardy might only get 8 games for what he did but they suspended Washington for a year. One of the best LBs in the league! We need him back next season. … And btw he can’t wear #13 the NFL has rules about what positions can wear certain numbers.

  10. By JohnnyBluenose on Mar 22, 2015 | Reply

    I hope Washington is re-instated soon. I think the league’s punishment for failed drug tests is way too harsh. As far as the league is concerned it is okay for a player to drink to excess as often as he chooses but it is not okay to use recreational drugs even if using the drug is not against the law in some states. Players who use performance enhancing drugs should be punished severely. But players who use recreational drugs should not be punished by the league. Quite often the fans would not even know who is using drugs if it were not for the league suspending players. I do understand that the league and ownership expect the players to conduct themselves properly but all players have a right to a private life and what they do there is nobody’s business unless his play and/or his relationship with his teammates is adversely affected. Should the movie stars or rock stars who regularly use drugs be forbidden to entertain us and be deprived of earning a living? Why should football players?

  11. By red2616 on Mar 22, 2015 | Reply

    YEA BABY!!! We need you!!! Give JJ Watt a run for his money, you have the talent. He the Pot and Other issues under control and your a Pro Biwl Super Biwl winner in 2016

  12. By Julius on Mar 22, 2015 | Reply

    Exactly on Hardy

  13. By mike mckenzie on Mar 22, 2015 | Reply

    Keep strong Washington….We need you man!

  14. By Scott H on Mar 22, 2015 | Reply

    Above all else, I really hope he has made REAL changes as a person. Because no one plays the game forever. It really shouldn’t be about just completing some classes or passing the drug tests you are required to pass. That is just part of the process for getting a player back on the field again. I am hoping this is about more than that, for his sake and the sake of those around him.

    All that said, this defense NEEDS this guy back on the field again! Looking forward to that. Getting him back would be like a major FA signing on defense ( of a player that was already ours, or course! ).

  15. By fightingbird on Mar 22, 2015 | Reply

    come on man, the number doesn’t have anything to do with what happened, its what is behind the number that needs to change and it looks like you are trying to get your mind right , that’s your number 58 , its right..

  16. By Coach K on Mar 22, 2015 | Reply

    You get a talented young man and give him lots of money and things can get out of control fast. I think this is the story of D.Wash. Too much, too fast, no time to grow up. Hopefully the lessons of life have been learned and the D.Wash that left as a boy can return as a man.

  17. By Andy Kw on Mar 22, 2015 | Reply

    -If we get Daryl Washington back, our defense will be even better than last year. I am hopeful that DWash will be back this season for at least 12 games. DWash, we’re still here for you bro.
    -As for Free Agency, we still have around $4.9M for FAs and the other $5M will be for the NFL Draft.
    -We know that CB Justin Bethel will be competing for the CB2 spot and we know that CB Jerraud Powers is perfect for the slot so why not bring in some competition. Let’s sign CB Charles Tillman to a 1yr $2M contract. He played really well before his injury last season.
    -We need a RB that can run between the tackles and RB Stevan Ridley is still available. I know he has some injuries and fumbling issues in the past. Last season though, he did not fumble at all. He is only 2 seasons removed from his 1200yd 12TD season. Let’s give him a go, 2yr $3.5M contract. If he fails to meet expectation, cut him next season, small risk.
    -Last but not least, we still need pass rushers and we could sign one to a similar deal like LaMarr Woodley. Let’s sign OLB Dwight Freeney to a 1yr $1.2M

  18. By CardinalChris on Mar 22, 2015 | Reply

    Corey, Ya, about #13, I was just kidding, just joking… 13 was Warner’s # and most likely will never be worn by anyone.

  19. By Andy Kw on Mar 22, 2015 | Reply

    Daryl Washington is like Ash’s Oshawott. He gets into trouble sometimes but he is one of the best at what he does. Haha Pokemon comparison. Time to be a little more lively

  20. By Andy Kw on Mar 22, 2015 | Reply

    CardinalChris –
    Jaron Brown wears #13, in case you didn’t know

  21. By Andy Kw on Mar 22, 2015 | Reply

    I totally forgot about RB Mikel Leshoure. He is one of those guys that can run between the tackles. He is only 24 and did pretty well in his rookie season until the likes of Reggie Bush and Joique Bell stole his spotlight on the rest of his tenure as a Lion . He is not the fastest RB but he is RB built to power through the tackles. Should be cheap since all he wants is to join another team.
    -DT Adam Carriker benched 40 of 225lbs. Wouldn’t mind seeing him as a DT.
    -RB Michael Bush ran a 4.91 but he shouldn’t fret, his experience might just give him a chance to return to the NFL.
    -RB Felix Jones is only 27, speedy and could help any team in the return game but the only thing that could keep him out of the NFL is his injury history.
    -I was impressed with Michael Sam in his short Rams tenure but he definitely looked really stiff at the combine. Not sure where he belongs. Too slow to be an OLB, too small to be a DE or DT. Maybe he should consider switching to TE? Idk but he did show some nice pass rush skills last preseason
    -QB Brady Quinn looked poised and his footwork was good. Like the analysts said, he did good on the move but the balls that he throws are not clear spirals.
    -QB Tyler Wilson has a big arm, should we give him a shot and have him compete with Logan Thomas? Probably not but would be a nice Practice Squad member

  22. By Andy Kw on Mar 22, 2015 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    If the Jets cut WR Walt Powell, is there any chance the Cards would try to reclaim him off waivers?

  23. By Darren Urban on Mar 23, 2015 | Reply

    Andy Kw —

    RE: Powell

    Good question. He’d have to be cut first.

  24. By Dr. G. on Mar 22, 2015 | Reply

    Darren… FYI Fans… You and I know that DWash’s year vacation was not negotiable in that his 3rd strike cost him that penalty when he swung at one in the dirt. We know that he missed a number of requested lab tests thumbing his nose at the rule book for a long time.

    Many fans do not realize how long this behavior went on. And, it was not the Commish that had to issued the penalty. I will believe his story when reading the league reviews from you. I need to update myself on the recent banned drug policies.

    Now, you will also recall that it is my opinion that he intended no injury to his trapper girl friend. It was reported that he was returning from DQ with his little child, the baby mama started a tug-of-war to get the child…he pushed her away to get clear causing her to fall getting a clavicle fracture.

    He got bad legal advice convincing him that it would all go away if he pleaded out. That has probably worked on the criminal system, but he may not have considered the consequences back at the league. You hint that he may or may not get added league sanctions…I am hoping that in light of his efforts to get his act together, the league may consider all this as time served. The league only wants to protect their image; mission accomplished. They have no jurisdiction in the criminal system….

    I await to see him prove what he told MJ and get back to the field; if the Commish issues more fines or time away, it would be excessively punitive IMO…unless I am missing something…be well

  25. By Steve on Mar 23, 2015 | Reply

    The NFL has peaked in popularity: Washington, Rice, A. Peterson, Hardy, Suh, Ingognito, A. Hernandez, and even the cheating Patriots are just some of the reasons I am not going to re-new my Cardinal season tickets. No Class…No Character……I won’t grab my private parts on the way out of the stadium (Beast Mode)…

  26. By iammattyoung on Mar 23, 2015 | Reply

    Man do we need DWash to come back. I think people underestimating that the defense has lost key contributors at every level — D. Williams, L. Foote, A. Cromartie. There aren’t a whole lot of guys that can just step in an replace the talent level of a Williams or Cromartie, or the leadership/intelligence of a Larry Foote. If Washington can come back, that’ll help a little. Not really sure what the solution is for the rest of the D when we’ve got such a late pick.

  27. By Big Ken on Mar 23, 2015 | Reply

    From what I’ve been reading he has done everything required to get reinstated. He’s walked the straight and narrow.

  28. By chris on Mar 23, 2015 | Reply


    Weatherspoon, if healthy, is going to be special. If he pairs with Washington then we have the best ILB duo in the league. I like big Dan but he only gave us glimpses. I believe Redding and a healthy Ta’amu could be just as effective. I agree that Cromartie will be hard to replace but I think that a healthy Mathieu will allow Powers or Bethel to do well at that position. Who knows, Keim may find a late gem or draft one..

  29. By D on Mar 23, 2015 | Reply

    Hard to gage with the limited info from NFL network on the tryout over the weekend…Leshoure would be a lot cheaper than A. Peterson…but then again something must be going on with Mr. Keim with the need for a vet RB and no visits or any hint of interest in any free agent RB’s the last two weeks other than AP..

  30. By Darren Urban on Mar 23, 2015 | Reply

    D —

    RE: RB/”something going on”

    You mean, like a deep draft class of running backs?

  31. By John Henry on Mar 23, 2015 | Reply

    I’m pulling for him. Hopefully he gets everything worked out and becomes a better person for it.

  32. By Dobie on Mar 23, 2015 | Reply

    There players done worst out there and they din’t get suspension as long like Washington

  33. By Dr. G. on Mar 23, 2015 | Reply

    “D” – – – Yeah, like a deep draft on RBs as Darren posts… And did you miss the article that our GM took Melvin Gordon to tea last week? Gordon IMO is the top RB in this class when excluding those in ACL surgical recovery…

    I’m guessing that Keim is getting about 4 – 5 hours sleep during this free agency and looking to the eventual draft… He is proving to be one of the best GMs in the league, and yet you may think he is oblivious….it is called “concealment of intent” to protect our draft selections….later

  34. By Dr. G. on Mar 23, 2015 | Reply

    Darren – -Your thoughts on the NFL cancelling its TV Blackout Policy this season for home games? May be a good post article…

    The original reason was to get people to the game; but it is easily understood that the league’s revenue streams are seriously skewed toward broadcast income.

    This should help build the fan base for those who feel rejected in many markets that don’t sell out. The Cards had this problem until the new Nest was built…later…

  35. By DouglasMacDonald on Mar 23, 2015 | Reply

    It is not important if DW does play again. What is important is he walk the walk of the good guy he seemed to be when he came to Phx. If he can sincerely return to that guy the rest will follow.

  36. By Rooster on Mar 23, 2015 | Reply

    At Darren, do you think the Cardinals will want to chose an offensive player as a 1st draft pick considering that they now need a productive Corner behind Peterson? This is about Washington, and I want him back, but as for LB’s who do you think might be available at the 2nd round for the Cards, we need SPEED and LENGTH going back now for TWO years as our Front Office has stated? Thanks Darren..

  37. By Darren Urban on Mar 23, 2015 | Reply

    Rooster —

    RE: First pick

    I think they will go defense. Pass rusher would be first choice IMO.

    As for speed and length, that will be a desire every draft as long as Keim is in charge. Reagardless of who they get.

  38. By 70sCardfan on Mar 24, 2015 | Reply

    DWASH was the best MLB in the league the 12 games he was on the field in 13.He,s a TE shutdown type & can pursue with the best of them on running plays.Just think how great he can be off the weed. The Cards can win a SB with this kind of player.

  39. By brianc on Mar 25, 2015 | Reply

    With Graham now in our division and our recent defensive struggles with TE coverage, DW would be a welcome addition back on the field, sincerely hope he has put things together for the sake of his children and himself. Love the additions on OL also, hoping for a huge year out of Ellington and Palmer.

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