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               === Cardinals' Washington suspended four games ===
 
 New York, NY (Sports Network)  - Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington
 has  been  suspended for the  first four games of  the 2013 regular season for
 violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
 
 Washington is eligible to participate in offseason and preseason practices and
 games,  but  can't  return to  the  active  roster  until  the day  after  the
 Cardinals' fourth regular-season game.
 
 "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."
 
 Washington, 26, earned his first Pro Bowl appearance last season after posting
 a  career-high 134 tackles, nine sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception
 in 16 games.
 
 A  second-round  pick in  the 2010  NFL Draft, Washington  has 319 tackles, 15
 sacks,  four interceptions  and three  forced  fumbles in  three seasons  with
 Arizona.
 
 "Adversity and dealing with it is part of the business but when it's avoidable
 like  this was,  it's particularly  tough,"  said Cardinals  head coach  Bruce
 Arians,  who  was hired  in January. "One  of the biggest  things we preach is
 accountability;  Daryl  knows that and our  team knows that. We will deal with
 this  and  others will  have to  step up  until he's  back. I'm confident they
 will."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 04/03 17:15:53 ET