Cardinals notebook: Opportunity at inside linebacker?
MAY 15, 11:17a ET | Craig Morgan
Rotowire: Apr 13 / 10:34a ET
News: Washington will apply for reinstatement from his suspension "within the next week or so," the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: The step would be the first in Washington's quest to learn his availability for the 2015 campaign. His suspension last season resulted from a repeat violation of the league's substance abuse policy, and in order to be reinstated, he must provide all "pertinent information" related to his treatment from his year away from football. The NFL will then have 60 days to review and make a decision on his eligibility. Since no violation has been reported during his ban, Washington seems like a safe bet to receive clearance from the league. However, he still has potential punishment hanging over his head from a domestic violence conviction for a May of 2013 incident, which will likely be taken seriously due to recent high-profile cases from across the NFL.