The NFL has suspended Arizona linebacker Daryl Washington the first four games of the season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
The NFL notified all teams of the suspension as part of Wednesday's waiver wire. The suspension likely indicates Washington has been in violation multiple times.
Washington acknowledged the suspension and took responsibility:
“I was always taught that when you make a mistake, you admit it, learn from it and face whatever consequences there are,” Washington said in a statement. “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.”
The 2010 second-round draft pick out of TCU became a starter in his rookie season and earned All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors last season.