Arians takes up cause for Washington, suspended players
MAR 31, 12:27p 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.
Rotowire: Jan 29 / 4:32p ET
News: The Cardinals aren't counting on having Washington available for 2015, azcardinals.com reports.
Impact: Washington was suspended for the entire 2014 season for a repeat violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, and he'll likely be suspended again for a subsequent domestic-violence assault conviction. A mandatory six-game ban would seem to represent Washington's best-case scenario, but his history and the details of the incident could perhaps warrant a longer suspension. While he was one of the league's top defensive players not too long ago, Washington won't necessarily get back to that level, if he plays in 2015.