NFL notebook: Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington suspended for 1 year
PHOENIX — The NFL suspended Arizona Cardinals standout inside linebacker Daryl Washington for one year for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
The punishment, announced Friday, was for substance abuse and did not mention his recent guilty plea to assaulting his ex-girlfriend.
Washington, in a statement released by his agent, said the penalty was for marijuana and that Washington takes responsibility for the violation. The agent said Washington “is committed to making changes” in his life that will allow him to return to the NFL.
Considered among the best in the NFL at his position, Washington was suspended the first four games of last season for violating the substance abuse policy.
“It is completely unacceptable that Daryl has once again put us in this position,” Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said in a statement. “We all know what the consequences are and will deal with them.”
Washington, the team leader in tackles in 2011 and 2012, will lose $2.9 million in salary because of the suspension.
In March, Arizona exercised a $10 million option to keep him on the roster. Washington received $5 million then, and the deal calls for him to get the other $5 million next March.
Giants cut QB Freeman
The Giants released quarterback Josh Freeman, five weeks after signing him.
Freeman's stock has plummeted since the beginning of last season, when he was Tampa Bay's starter. He was benched and cut by the Buccaneers, then signed with Minnesota and started one game. That was in a lopsided loss to the Giants when he went 20 of 53 for 190 yards with an interception.
New York signed him in part because starting quarterback Eli Manning and backup Curtis Painter had surgery.
But Manning was back at practice this week, Painter is expected back before training camp, and second-year QB Ryan Nassib will get a long look for the second-string job behind Manning.
Gordon in more trouble
Browns Pro Bowl receiver Josh Gordon, facing a possible NFL suspension for another failed drug test, was ticketed for speeding last weekend. A passenger in his car was cited for marijuana possession.
Gordon was pulled over for driving 74 mph in a 60 mph zone on May 25, WKYC-TV reported. According to the report, the passenger in Gordon's Mercedes was issued a citation for possession of marijuana in an amount under 200 grams. The marijuana was found in a blue bag with identification. The passenger said the marijuana was not Gordon's.
Browns general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement the team was gathering information and would not comment further.
Giants safety suspended
Giants safety Will Hill was suspended for six games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Hill has failed three drug tests since 2012, and he lost an appeal for the latest infraction. He will be eligible to return Oct. 13.
Hill was suspended for violating the performance enhancers policy two years ago, missing four games. He then missed the first four matches last season because of a substance abuse violation.
Around the league
The Giants were awarded offensive lineman Rogers Gaines off waivers from the Bears. ... Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman will be the latest NFL player to be featured as part of Campbell's Chunky Soup “Mama's Boy” campaign. Sherman will be featured in ads that also star his mother, Beverly. ... Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning signed an endorsement deal with Nationwide Insurance and will be featured in national advertising next season.
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