Out of football for three seasons, Daryl Washington reinstated by NFL

The Cardinals decided to release Washington after a three-year suspension from the NFL.

Daryl Washington has been reinstated by the NFL on a conditional basis after missing the last three seasons because of an indefinite suspension in May of 2014.

He had spent the first four seasons of his career with the Cardinals, who selected the former TCU linebacker in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. The Cardinals, however, said his return to the team should not simply be assumed.

"The National Football League today informed us of Daryl Washington’s conditional reinstatement," the Cardinals said in a statement released Tuesday. "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.

"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."

Washington, who is now 30, missed the first four games of the 2013 season after the NFL suspended him for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He was also arrested in May 2013 on two counts of aggravated assault following a domestic incident involving his ex-girlfriend.

A subsequent violation of the league's substance abuse policy led to his indefinite suspension.

The 6-2, 238-pound Washington had 394 tackles, 329 solo, with 18 sacks, six interceptions and three forced fumbles in three seasons.

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"Washington may join the Cardinals at the training facility and participate in meetings, conditioning work and similar activities," the NFL said in Tuesday's statement. "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."

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