Daryl Washington working to return

Arizona Cardinals LB Daryl Washington is working to return and is set to apply for reinstatement with the next week or two.

Arizona Cardinals LB Daryl Washington is set to apply for reinstatement in the next week or two but it’s still unknown when he’ll find his way back on the field.

Washington has run into a handful of off the field issues including a violation of the league’s substance abuse program and most recently an assault conviction last year.

Washington hasn’t received punishment yet from the NFL regarding the assault conviction and will be facing additional penalties once he is reinstatement by the league.

Washington has faced a rigorous reinstatement process outlined below:

Per the NFL substance abuse policy:

•Within 45 days of receipt of the application, Washington will be interviewed by the medical director and the medical adviser, after which a recommendation will be made to Commissioner Roger Goodell with regard to the request for reinstatement.

•The commissioner's staff and that of NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith staff will review Washington's substance abuse history, including but not limited to attendance at counseling sessions (individual, group and family); attendance at 12-step and other self-help group meetings; periodic progress reports; and all diagnostic findings and treatment recommendations.

•Washington will submit to urine testing by an NFL representative at a frequency determined by the medical advisor.

•Washington will agree in a meeting with Goodell, or his representative(s), to comply with the conditions for his reinstatement.

•All individuals involved in the process will take steps to enable Goodell to render a decision within 60 days of the receipt of the application.

The Cardinals will certainly welcome Washington back with open arms as he remains one of the team’s top play-makers on defense and the linebacker position is certainly an area of need for Arizona.

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