Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington has been conditionally reinstated after being suspended for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, the NFL announced on Tuesday.
The 30-year-old Washington can now join the Cardinals at the training facility and participate in meetings, conditioning work and similar activities. Once arrangements have been confirmed regarding Washington’s clinical resources in Phoenix, he will be permitted to participate in all preseason activities, including practices and games.
Prior to the start of the regular season, the NFL will review Washington’s progress. Based on his compliance and engagement with his program and resources, he will be permitted to participate in all regular season activities beginning in Week 1. He will be evaluated later in the season for full reinstatement.
Washington was suspended for the entire 2014 season for his second substance abuse violation and continued to be suspended due to subsequent violations.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Washington plans to play in 2017, but the Cardinals said in a statement that it would be premature to discuss Washington’s potential return today.
“Considering we have been prohibited from having any contact with him over the last three years, it would be premature today to discuss a potential return to the team,” the statement read. “As everyone is aware, the 2017 NFL Draft is just days away and that is where our energy and attention is fully focused right now. At the appropriate time, we will address the issue of Daryl Washington further.”
The Cardinals selected Washington in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He recorded 108 tackles and nine sacks in 2012 when he was selected to the Pro Bowl.
Washington was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season as a result of his first substance abuse violation. Also in 2013, he was arrested in Phoenix on two counts of aggravated assault stemming from an altercation with his girlfriend.