PHOENIX – The NFL has suspended Arizona Cardinals standout inside linebacker Daryl Washington for one year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
The punishment, announced Friday, was for substance abuse and did not mention his recent guilty plea to assaulting his ex-girlfriend.
Washington, in a statement released by his agent, said the penalty was for marijuana, and that he takes responsibility for the violation. He said he is committed to making changes in his life that will allow him to return to the NFL.
Considered among the best in the NFL at his position, Washington was suspended the first four games of last season for violating the substance abuse policy.
It is completely unacceptable that Daryl has once again put us in this position, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said in a statement released by the team. We all know what the consequences are and will deal with them.
Washington, the team leader in tackles in 2011 and 2012, will lose $2.9 million in salary due to the suspension.
In March, Arizona exercised a $10 million option to keep him on the roster. Washington received $5 million then and the deals calls for him to get the other $5 million next March.
Colts complete draft pick signing
Indianapolis signed third-round draft pick Donte Moncrief on Friday.
Terms of the deal were not announced. The Colts have signed all five draft picks.
Moncrief, a receiver, started 37 games at Mississippi and finished No. 3 on the school’s career receptions list with 156 in just three college seasons. He also was third in school history with 2,371 career yard.
Browns getting grip on Manziel mania
Expecting huge crowds to see rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel, the Cleveland Browns plan to have fans register online to attend training camp.
The Browns can accommodate only roughly 5,000 fans at their facility, and Browns President Alec Scheiner tells The Associated Press the team will have fans sign up beforehand so that we don’t turn away 2,000 or 3,000 fans who just show up.
The Browns have more to worry about than Manziel mania.
Pro Bowl receiver Josh Gordon, who is facing a possible NFL suspension for another failed drug test, was ticketed for speeding last weekend. A passenger in his car was cited for marijuana possession.
Giants’ safety Hill barred for 6 games
New York Giants safety Will Hill was suspended for six games by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Hill has failed three drug tests since 2012, and he lost an appeal for the latest infraction. He will be eligible to return on Oct. 13.
The Giants are expected to release Hill when his latest suspension ends. Hill has played in just 24 games since being signed in 2012 as an undrafted free agent. He had two interceptions, returning one for a TD.
Packers sign top pick
Green Bay signed first-round pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
Green Bay took the former Alabama safety with the 21st pick in the draft.