Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington will sit out the first four games of the 2013 NFL regular season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, the team announced Wednesday.
"Adversity and dealing with it is part of the business but when it's avoidable like this was, it's particularly tough," Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said in a statement. "One of the biggest things we preach is accountability; Daryl knows that and our team knows that. We will deal with this and others will have to step up until he's back. I'm confident they will."
The team announced that Washington will be able to take part in all offseason programs, as well as training camp and preseason games. However, he will not be able to take part in the first four games or practices during those weeks.
"I was always taught that when you make a mistake, you admit it, learn from it and face whatever consequences there are," Washington said in a statement. "I take full responsibility and I understand that I let down my teammates, the organization and fans. I apologize for that and promise that no one will work harder to make up for it."