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AUG 26, 9:44p ET | Bob Baum
Rotowire: Jul 14 / 9:47a ET
News: Washington (suspension) applied for reinstatement May 8, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 AM reports.
Impact: The NFL is supposed to make a decision within 60 days, but things may have been complicated by Washington's 2013 domestic violence conviction, for which he has yet to be punished by the league. He seemingly has a good shot to be reinstated from his year-long suspension for a repeat violation of the substance-abuse policy, but another ban of six or more games could be right around the corner.
Rotowire: Jul 13 / 12:23p ET
News: NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said there has been no change to Washington's (suspension) status, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 AM reports.
Impact: Washington was expected to apply for reinstatement in April, but there was never any report that he actually did. Although it's possible he still hasn't applied, it's more likely that the NFL is just taking its time to make a decision. Washington was suspended for all of 2014 due to repeat substance-abuse policy violations, and while he seemingly made it through the ban without any further issues, he still has a domestic violence conviction from May 2013 hanging over his head. It's possible he'll be reinstated from the first suspension, only to be suspended again shortly thereafter. The NFL now has a six-game minimum suspension for domestic violence incidents, and Washington hasn't played in a game since Dec. 2013. As great as he was for the Cardinals through the first few years of his career, the 28-year-old faces an uphill battle to become an impact player once again.