Want Daryl Washington news? We've got Daryl Washington news. The only problem is there is no news to tell. His status remains the same.
Despite a recent report Washington was confident something would work out and he would be in training camp, it doesn't look like anything has changed.
Local reporter and radio host Mike Jurecki reported, citing NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, nothing has changed with the suspended Arizona Cardinals linebacker.
"There is no change in his status and we have nothing further to report," said Aiello.
While there was some question as to whether Washington had even applied, Jurecki reported Tuesday Washington did submit his application for reinstatement on May 8.
This continues to be a frustrating situation as Cardinals fans are left to wonder what his future will be. According to league rules, the NFL must render a decision on reinstatement within 60 days once a player has applied.
Washington was eligible to apply for reinstatement at the end of March, as the end of May was the one-year mark of his substance abuse suspension.
The fact there is still no news is interesting. Per Kent Somers some time ago:
Per the 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.
60 days from his reported application would have been around July 7. Why we still have no news is puzzling.
The team itself is playing the "out of sight, out of mind" card. They aren't even thinking about Washington until he is reinstated.
Washington has stated he has been clean and has been in compliance with all he has been expected to do.
Perhaps there has been a delay, or he was unable to meet with the medical director and medical advisor in a timely manner. Whatever the case, at least we now know there should be some news at some point coming.