TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The NFL says it has reinstated Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Daryl Washington on a conditional basis three years after he was suspended for multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy.
The NFL said in a statement that Washington, a second-team All-Pro in 2012, may rejoin the Cardinals to participate in meetings, conditioning work and similar activities.
The Cardinals, however, issued a statement saying that the team's ''energy and attention is fully focused'' on this week's draft and that it was premature to discuss Washington's potential return to the team.
In a statement, Washington said he was ''honored and humbled to be back in the National Football League.'' He said he has made ''tremendous strides as a man'' and has ''grown into a proud husband, father, and contributing member'' of his community.''
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