Arizona Cardinals fans have been wondering about the status of linebacker Daryl Washington. Finally, we get at least something of an answer.
Fox Sports Radio 910's Mike Jurecki reported Friday he exchanged texts with the suspended linebacker. Washington reportedly plans on being ready for training camp and, at least in terms of his future in the NFL, he is "confident that something will work out."
Jurecki also states Washington hasn't yet heard from the league about his current suspension.
This tells us a couple of things.
One, he has in fact applied for reinstatement. News will be forthcoming at some point.
It also tells us he expects to be reinstated. Once reinstated, even with potential discipline after that, he probably will be able to practice with the team while suspended, something he has been unable to do for over a year. Aside from Anthony Edwards, he has not been allowed any contact with the organization.
His future with the team, even with reinstatement is unknown. Since they have not had to make a decision, they have chosen to just wait until they have to. Head coach Bruce Arians said his players want him back. However, many expect him to be suspended at least another 4-6 games, which would be in connection to his domestic violence incident.
He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, but has completed all the steps he was given to take and he had his probation reduced. Perhaps this will lead to a lesser suspension. It's tough to count on, though, with the current views on domestic violence.
At least, if Washington is in fact telling the truth, we should hear something about his future relatively soon.