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The NFL on Tuesday conditionally reinstated LB Daryl Washington. The Cardinals star had been suspended since May 2014 for multiple violations of the league substance-abuse policy, with the ban perhaps extended by his guilty plea to domestic assault. The league statement said Washington will need to set a course for treatment and then show his progress later this offseason before he's allowed to play any games. Cards leadership, meanwhile, has said the team won't address Washington's situation until after the NFL Draft. They have not been allowed any contact with the player during his suspension. Washington was a stud fantasy performer when last on the field, but it's tough for IDP owners to expect him to pick right back up after 3 years away -- especially at age 31 -- even if he makes it back to an active roster.

Yahoo! Sports' Rand Getlin reports that LB Sean Weatherspoon will sign a 1-year, $4 million deal with the Cardinals once free agency opens. Consider us surprised if the veteran couldn't get the same deal to stay with the Falcons, especially given that the coach and GM had said they wanted him back. Weatherspoon's biggest problem has been injuries. He has played all 16 games in a season just once since entering the league 5 years ago. Weatherspoon missed all of 2014 after rupturing an Achilles' tendon. He missed 9 games the year before because of foot and knee injuries. A 4-3 OLB in Atlanta, he'll project to the inside in Arizona's 3-4 front. The 1-year "prove it" deal adds intrigue to a player who has performed well and delivered cross-category IDP scoring when healthy. We'll keep an eye on his reports heading into and through training camp. If you can draft Weatherspoon as a low 4th or 5th LB in your 2015 IDP league, you could wind up with some sneaky value. We'll also see what his addition might mean for ILB Daryl Washington, who spent last year suspended by the league.

Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports 910 AM in Arizona reports that the league has suspended Cardinals LB Daryl Washington for the entire 2014 season.  Washington recently pleaded guilty to assault charges stemming from a 2013 incident in which he allegedly broke an ex-girlfriend's collarbone.  Washington, of course, missed the 1st 4 games last season because of a suspension under the league's drug program.  We're happy to see this jerk get benched for the year so that we don't have to bother passing over his talent in IDP drafts.  Second-year LB Kevin Minter looks like the only clear starter inside for the Cards, who could look to the free-agent market for some help.

UPDATE: Turns out Washington's suspension actually comes from another violation of the league substance abuse policy.  He admitted in a statement that it pertained to marijuana use.  Regardless, he remains an ass who will need to become less ass-y if he hopes to continue an NFL career.

Cardinals LB Daryl Washington has been sentenced to 1 year of "supervised probation" for his assault charge stemming from a 2013 fight with his ex-girlfriend.  The light sentence comes as no surprise after Washington recently pleaded down.  The team website acknowledges, however, that Washington figures to see some league suspension under the personal conduct policy.  We'd bet on multiple games for a guy who already lost 4 weeks last year under the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Cardinals LB Daryl Washington pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated assault stemming from a domestic violence incident last May.  (Washington allegedly grabbed his girlfriend by the throat and shoved her to the ground, breaking her collarbone.)  The plea marks a change from his initial plea of not guilty to charges of aggravated assault and trespassing.  The AP had no report on the expected sentence, but the plea change and the omission of 1 of the original charges points to some kind of plea deal.  Of course, even if Washington avoids jail time, he'll likely face some league discipline under the personal-conduct policy.  He already missed the 1st 4 games of last season for a drug suspension.  Look for Washington to take another playing-time related hit in the 2014 IDP rankings.  Frankly, we'd rather win our league championships without abusers on the roster anyway.

The 4-game suspension that opened last season apparently hasn't hurt Cardinals LB Daryl Washington's standing with the team.  Arizona opted to pay his $10 million bonus on Thursday rather than cut him or seek a contract restructure.  That suggests that the franchise remains enamored of his on-field work, especially when you consider that the Cards allowed LB Karlos Dansby to walk in free agency.  Washington broke out for IDP owners in 2012 under then-DC Ray Horton but had a much milder impact on fantasy lineups after his return last season.  Look for improvement in his numbers over 2013, though he won't approach that 2012 standing in our 2014 IDP rankings.  LB Kevin Minter's expected to take over Dansby's vacated lineup spot next to Washington.

LB Karlos Dansby has signed a 1-year deal with the Cardinals, his original team.  The fact that he chose them over other reported suitors indicates Arizona gave Dansby the best chance to start.  He can immediately fill LB Daryl Washington's spot while the star serves his 4-game suspension.  Once Washington returns, Dansby will likely have to beat out Jasper Brinkley and rookie Kevin Minter to stay on the field.  He'll be worth a shot in the LB3 range of your IDP draft.  Even if Dansby hits the sideline after Washington returns, you'll likely be able to find a suitable replacement.

Cardinals LB Daryl Washington faces 2 counts of aggravated assault for an alleged incident involving the mother of his child.  The woman accused Washington of throwing her down during an altercation, breaking her clavicle in the process.  Washington said in a statement: "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."  The incident continues a horrible offseason for last year's top fantasy LB.  Washington will already sit the first 4 games because of a league drug suspension.  We'll see if this issue produces any more lost playing time.  IDP owners will also have to hope that Washington gets his crap together from here on.

Cardinals LB Daryl Washington has been suspended for the first 4 games of the 2013 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.  It's a massive blow to Arizona's defense.  Washington led the Cards in both tackles (134) and sacks (9) last year.  He finished 1st among LBs in standard-scoring fantasy leagues.  Lorenzo Alexander, a career special teamer, is behind Washington on the depth chart.

The Cardinals' official website reports that ILB Daryl Washington (along with RB LaRod Stephens-Howling) is a game-time decision for Week 3. The calf strain that forced him out of Week 2 kept Washington limited in practice this week. Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says: "I’m feeling much more confident those guys are ready to give you something Sunday. Getting Washington, even if it is in spot duty, is important for this defense." Even if Washington is active, he'll be a risky fantasy play. IDP folks should try to look elsewhere.

Buffalo
12:32am EDT 9/22/11

Cardinals ILB Daryl Washington remained out as the practice week started on Wednesday. The team has deemed his injury a calf strain, and his status for Week 3 is unknown at this point. Washington should be poised for a breakthrough IDP campaign whenever his body will cooperate.

Buffalo
11:58am EDT 9/18/11

As expected, the Cardinals will be without ILB Daryl Washington this week. Reggie Walker will enter the lineup in his place, with Stewart Bradley likely to work in a bit. Neither is worth a Week 2 fantasy look.

Cardinals ILB Daryl Washington has yet to practice this week because of a calf strain and could be headed for a game-time decision on Sunday. Craig Morgan of CBSSports.com's Rapid Reports passed along these words from HC Ken Whisenhunt: "At some point in your career you have to learn to play without getting a lot of reps. That's what being in the NFL is all about." That seems to downplay the injury a bit and indicate the coach expects to have Washington. IDP owners will obviously have to wait for his status, which is probably not worth the hassle. Reggie Walker is listed as the backup, but Stewart Bradley could also fill in if Washington sits.

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