TEMPE, Ariz. – Expressing “extreme” disappointment in Daryl Washington, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he won’t talk again this season about the standout inside linebacker, who has been suspended a year for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
“He made a choice and we’re all living with it,” Arians said in his first public comments since the suspension was announced last week.
The coach said he “obviously hopes Daryl gets his life straightened out. But he also was very unaccountable, to his teammates, the organization, the fans and everybody else.”
Washington, who has said the punishment was for marijuana, also was suspended the first four games of last season for violating the substance-abuse policy. He faces further potential punishment from the league after pleading guilty to assaulting his ex-girlfriend.
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The loss of Washington leaves the Cardinals — who are trying to challenge the Super Bowl champion Seahawks in the NFC West — without the two dynamic inside linebackers who were the core of the team’s strong defense last season. Karlos Dansby, the Cardinals’ leading tackler last season, signed a free-agent contract with Cleveland.
Second-year player Kevin Minter is expected to replace Dansby. Larry Foote is a candidate to take Washington’s place.
Marino sues league
PHILADELPHIA — Dan Marino, a Hall of Fame quarterback for the Miami Dolphins and one of the NFL’s highest-profile alums, has joined the ranks of former players suing the league over concussion-related injuries.
In court filings late last week, Marino, 52, claimed league officials had long been aware of the long-term effects of repeated hits to the head but chose to ignore those warnings and put players’ health at risk.
Unlike some of the more than 5,000 ex-players who have filed suit in federal court in Philadelphia, Marino did not specify any explicit condition with which he has struggled in his post-football career.
• Former Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons made his Jacksonville Jaguars debut, joining the team for organized team activities after skipping three sessions last week.
Clemons, 32, who missed the previous voluntary practices because of family issues, said, “We all have issues that we go through that we can’t control. Being one of the leaders of my family, I had to step in and take control of that issue.”
• The New York Giants waived safety Will Hill, 24, who is suspended for the first six games of the 2014 season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
• Cleveland signed free-agent cornerback Aaron Berry, 25, whose career has been hampered by legal issues and injuries.
• Jack Elway, the son of Denver Broncos executive and Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, was arrested on assault charges after his girlfriend told police he pulled her out of a car by her hair.
Court documents obtained show the woman told Denver police 24-year-old John Albert Elway also pushed her to the ground when she tried to get back in the car, causing scrapes and bruises.
The documents show the incident happened early Saturday near a college campus in downtown Denver. Elway, who initially fled the scene, was released from jail on $550 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Thursday. He faces charges of assault and disturbing the peace.