Darren Urban first reported that the NFL has suspended Cardinals OLB Daryl Washington for four games of 2013 regular season after he violated league’s substance abuse policy.
Brian McIntyre notes that Washington $564,706 of his $2.4 million base salary.
“I was always taught that when you make a mistake, you admit it, learn from it and face whatever consequences there are,” said Washington in statement released on Wednesday. “I take full responsibility and I understand that I let down my teammates, the organization and fans. I apologize for that and promise that no one will work harder to make up for it.”
Washington, 26, signed a six-year, $32.5 million contract back in September and is coming off of a very solid season that included 134 tackles, nine sacks, and two forced fumbles. This is a sizable blow to the Cardinals defense.