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Daryl Washington still waiting to hear from NFL about reinstatement, NFLPA now has case

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The question of his return still looms large.

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There has been no real news on the status of suspended Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington. And, according to reporter Mike Jurecki, who exchanged text messages with the linebacker, Washington doesn't know any more than the rest of us.

Jurecki reported Washington is, like the team and Cardinals fans, still waiting to hear from the league offices.

After being suspended for at least a year on May 31 of last year for violations of the league's substance abuse policy, He has been away from the team and almost without contact. He supposedly applied for reinstatement May 8. The policy states a decision should be able to be rendered within 60 days, but that has come and gone and roughly 90 days have passed since his application was submitted.

Also according to Jurecki, the NFLPA has Washington's file. Previously, it was speculated the players association was not supporting Washington. NFLPA attorney Heather McPhee has the Washington file, while NFL Senior VP of labor policy Adolpho Birch is on the other side. It sounds like a court filing could be on the horizon if it hasn't already happened, because of the lack of a ruling.

Of course, if Washington is reinstated, he very likely could see more league discipline related to the domestic incident he had, which led to a guilty plea to felony aggravated assault. The plea was later reduced to a misdemeanor, but many still expect between a four- and an eight-game suspension for that.

Perhaps we are on the verge of hearing a ruling. Perhaps we are about to hear of a court fight. Or maybe we will still be in the dark for a while longer.