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PHOENIX -- The NFL has suspended Arizona Cardinals standout inside linebacker Daryl Washington for one year for violating the leagues substance abuse policy. The punishment, announced Friday, was for substance abuse and did not mention his recent guilty plea to assaulting his ex-girlfriend. He still could face a later suspension for the criminal conviction. Washington, in a statement released by his agent, said the penalty was for marijuana, and that he takes responsibility for the violation. He said he "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 released by the team. "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, plus any prorated signing bonus money, due to the suspension. In March, Arizona exercised a $10 million option to keep him on the roster. Washington received $5 million then and the deals calls for him to get the other $5 million next March. However, the leagues collective bargaining agreement with players has a mechanism that allows the Cardinals to recoup a portion of that option money because of the substance abuse violation. Washington said the NFL "policy is very strict, and I have chosen to take responsibility." "I will work extremely hard to stay in top football shape," he said, "and will work equally hard to ensure that my life off the field meets the high level of maturity and responsibility to which I am committed." With the loss of inside linebacker Karlos Dansby to free agency, the Cardinals find themselves without the dynamic combination that was a big part of their strong defence last season. Second-year player Kevin Minter is slotted to take Dansbys place. Just what the team will do to try to replace Washington is unclear. "Our approach is the same as its always been: next man up," Keim said. "We talk a lot about how critical depth is to a team because situations always arise whether by injury or other circumstances such as this one." After leading the team with 111 tackles in his second NFL season, Washington signed a six-year contract, adding four years and $32 million to his existing deal. In 2012, he led the team with career highs of 140 tackles and nine sacks and made the Pro Bowl. But in April of last year, the NFL suspended him four games for violating the substance abuse policy. A month later, he was arrested on accusations of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, the mother of the couples child. He pleaded guilty to two counts of assault earlier this year. A suspension for the criminal conviction had been expected. The penalty for substance abuse came as a surprise to some, but apparently not to Washingtons teammates. "Old news to us, new news to yall," defensive tackle Darnell Dockett said in a tweet. Keim said "our hope is that this suspension will give Daryl the opportunity to accept the necessary help and guidance to get his life back on track," Keim said, "and we will certainly support him however we can." When OTAs resumed this week, coach Bruce Arians said he hoped the team could pick up another outside linebacker. The Cardinals signed veteran Larry Foote in the off-season, and outside linebacker Lorenzo Washington also can play inside. Minter, a second-round draft pick, played almost entirely on special teams as a rookie. Another player Arizona has at inside linebacker is Kenny Demens, an undrafted rookie free agent a year ago who spent last season on the Cardinals practice squad. "I sincerely apologize for the effect of my actions on my teammates, coaches and other colleagues at the Cardinals," Washington said. "I also apologize to Cardinals fans for the time I will miss. I will work diligently during this suspension to return as a better man and football player." Adrian Dantley Jersey . Cabrera-Bello shot a 1-over-par 73 and was caught by Webster, who carded 70 at Doha Golf Club for three-round totals of 12-under 204. They were only one stroke ahead of Adrien Saddier of France, the biggest mover with six birdies in his opening seven holes in a round of 64, South African Thomas Aiken (70) and Denmarks Thorbjorn Olesen (6Cool on a packed leaderboard. Utah Jazz Jerseys . 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Sports reports that the Raptors have traded forward Steve Novak along with a second-round pick to the Utah Jazz in exchange for guard Diante Garrett - who will then be waived.INDIANAPOLIS - Chuck Pagano came to Indianapolis making the case for a robust defence.Now the Colts coach has the proof he needs to demonstrate its working.The stats have improved, the game tapes look better and a suddenly stout defence is one of the major reasons the Colts are playing for their third AFC title Sunday at New England.Were playing better run defence now than we ever have, Pagano said Monday after shutting down Denver 24-13 in an AFC divisional-round win one day earlier.Weve got to prepare the same way we prepared last week. Weve got to do a better job because if were not able to stop the run, were not going to have a chance.Until Pagano arrived three years ago, it was a mantra that rang hollow.But evidence shows thats not the case anymore.In 2013, Indianapolis allowed 125.1 yards rushing per game, 26th in the league. This season, they trimmed that number to 113.4 yards and jumped to No. 18.In the playoffs, the Colts have been even better. Against two of the hottest backs in the league, Cincinnatis Jeremy Hill and Denvers C.J. Anderson, the Colts allowed a meagre 198 yards rushing in two games. The per-game average of 99.0 yards is the lowest among the four teams still playing on championship weekend.Indys pass defence has been even stingier.On Sunday, the Colts secondary challenged Peyton Manning with press coverage. Manning finished 26 of 46 for 211 yards with one touchdown and lost a fumble.We disguised a lot and we ran to the ball. As a group, we didnt stop, safety Mike Adams said. We did great things and we didnt let the ball over our head. The corners did a great job. We really shut down the deep balls.How did the Colts make such a dramatic shift in just three years? By getting bigger and stronger up front.In 2012, Indy started the conversion by signing free agent defensive end Cory Redding, drafting rookie defensive tackle Josh Chapman, moving Robert Mathis to outside linebacker and adding inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman from the CFL.General manager Ryan Grigson then traded a second-round pick to Miami for cornerback Vontae Davis, who has blossomed into a Pro Bowler.In 2013, Grigson continued to follow the long-range plan by singing defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois, safety LaRon Landry, cornerback Greg Tolerr and outside linebacker Erik Walden in free agency and taking outside linebacker Bjoern Werner in the first round of the draft.dddddddddddd All five are starters.Last summer, Grigson added three more starters in free agency inside linebacker DQwell Jackson, defensive tackle Arthur Jones and safety Mike Adams and found a budding pass rusher in outside linebacker Jonathan Newsome, a fifth-round draft pick.Pagano likes the results.Getting Art back and healthy, hes playing at a high level right now. Everybodys doing their job, Pagano said. The execution is really good. Guys are getting off blocks. Were tackling, were tackling better. Were not giving up the long (plays), we had a couple get out on us yesterday, but not giving up big plays.Being better still might not be good enough this weekend, though.The AFC South champs face Tom Brady on his home turf, where he is 13-3 in the post-season and 3-0 against Indy thanks in large part to a formula the Colts havent yet figured out.Last year, LeGarrette Blount piled up 166 yards rushing and four touchdowns in a 43-22 divisional-round rout. In November, the Patriots got a career-high 201 yards and four more touchdowns from unheralded running back Jonas Gray in a 42-20 victory.This time might not be the same.I think, like most good teams do as the season progresses, they just continue to get better, Patriots offensive co-ordinator Josh McDaniels said. Theyre very aggressive with, not only pressuring, but also man-to-man coverage. Theyll get up there and play tight and jam and disrupt the passing game that way. And its a physical group.The Colts, of course, will focus on stopping the run first this weekend.That mission could be complicated by Bradys efficiency and the matchup problem theyll have against tight end Rob Gronkowski.But the Colts see this game in simpler terms. One more win in a hostile venue will give them a trip to the Super Bowl.Stats and all the other stuff doesnt matter, Redding said. The only stat that matters is a W or an L. So right now our main focus is to prepare the best way we know how, get the game plan and go into Foxborough (Massachusetts), try to execute it to a T and get the W.___Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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