Cardinals Linebacker Daryl Washington Arrested

Already facing a four-game suspension for violation of the NFL’s drug policy (concerning PED use), Cardinals inside linebacker Daryl Washington is now looking at the possibility of missing more time after being arrested on two charges of aggravated assault.

Fox’s Mia Garcia was one of the first to break the story:

Reportedly stemming from a domestic abuse situation, there is a chance that Washington could receive multiple suspensions for the incident — something that would dearly hurt the Cardinals at the inside linebacker position. Arizona recently selected LSU linebacker Kevin Minter ostensibly to play opposite Washington in the Cardinals’ 3-4 defensive scheme.

There is likely already a contingency plan in place, as Arizona was already going to miss Washington for the first four games of the season. Minter is the likeliest replacement in the middle, with candidates for the other inside ‘backer position are Jasper Brinkley and Lorenzo Alexander — neither of which have significant starting experience.

Additionally, Sam Acho and O’Brien Schofield could be tried out at inside ‘backer instead of their previous position for the Cardinals (outside linebacker). Alex Okafor, selected in the fourth-round out of Texas, will be given every chance to start at outside pass-rusher in the meantime.

Whichever path Arizona chooses to take, they will be hard pressed to make up for the loss of a 2012 pro bowler in Washington.

UPDATE: Washington has released the following statement on Arizona’s website.

“This is a legal matter and I am limited in what I can say other than that my lawyer and I will continue to cooperate with investigators and welcome the opportunity for all the facts to be presented,” Washington said in a statement, according to the team’s Web site. “I regret that the situation has brought this kind of attention to my family and my team. I look forward to resolving it as soon as possible.”

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