Arizona Cardinals’ Daryl Washington met with NFL, still suspended first four games

Aug 16, 2013, 12:25 AM | Updated: 12:25 am

Daryl Washington was hoping for a better result of a trip to New York to meet with NFL executives about his four-game suspension.

“I thought it was a good interview in New York but I didn’t get the news I wanted to here,” the linebacker said Thursday. “I think that’s just motivation for me to come back stronger (after) these four games.”

Washington, who was suspended for a quarter of the regular season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy back in April, wanted to talk with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about the matter, but instead met with the league’s Vice President for Law and Labor Policy, Dr. Adolpho Birch.

“We had a good meeting; he was a good dude,” Washington said. “Got a lot to understand about what’s going on.”

Washington, 26, made the Pro Bowl last season after racking up 134 total tackles to go along with nine sacks, one interception, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. One of the best young linebackers in the NFL, his offseason was marred by the suspension as well as an arrest on domestic violence charges.

His next court date is scheduled for Oct. 9, and whether or not that will lead to him missing more games remains to be seen.

In the meantime, Washington, who missed practice Tuesday to go to the Big Apple, will just keep working to get his career back on track.

Saying the meeting was worthwhile if only to allow the league executive see what kind of person he was off the field, all the linebacker can do is move forward.

“I’m going to keep my head up, put a smile on my face and be ready to play.”

Receiver Robby Toma makes a catch in the corner of the end zone during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 13 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Andre Roberts turns and runs during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 13 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Quarterbacks Drew Stanton, Ryan Lindley and Carson Palmer wait during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 13 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Quarterback Carson Palmer throws a pass during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 13 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Running back Alfonso Smith is wrapped up by linebacker Kevin Minter during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 13 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Defensive back Patrick Peterson watches quarterback Carson Palmer drop back to pass during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 13 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) The offense starts a play during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 13 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Defensive back Tyrann Mathieu during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 13 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Running back Stepfan Taylor during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 13 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Defensive back Patrick Peterson chats with receiver Larry Fitzgerald during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 13 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Robby Toma makes a catch during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 13 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Kerry Taylor waits for the ball to arrive during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 13 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Quarterback Carson Palmer talks with receiver Michael Floyd during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 13 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Running back Rashard Mendenhall runs with the ball during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 13 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Defensive back Tyrann Mathieu watches during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 13 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) The offense huddles up during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 13 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Offensive linemen Bobby Massie and Paul Fanaika get set during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 13 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Quarterback Ryan Lindley drops back to pass during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 13 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Defensive back Tyrann Mathieu picks off a pass during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 13 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Larry Fitzgerald receives instruction from head coach Bruce Arians during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 13 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Robert Gill runs by defensive back Tyrann Mathieu during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 13 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Michael Floyd tries to keep his balance during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 13 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Larry Fitzgerald runs by Patrick Peterson after making a catch during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 13 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Running back Andre Ellington begins to run a route during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 13 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Defensive backs in between drills during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 13 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Michael Floyd tries to get open against defensive back Patrick Peterson during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 13 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Defensive back Antoine Cason falls on receiver Kerry Taylor during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 13 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Michael Floyd makes a catch in the corner of the end zone during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 13 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Jaron Brown tries to make a catch during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 13 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Head coach Bruce Arians chats with defensive back Tyrann Mathieu during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 13 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Linebacker Sam Acho tries to pressure QB Carson Palmer as tackle Eric Winston blocks during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 13 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports)

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