TEMPE, AZ - The Arizona Cardinals announced Wednesday that linebacker Daryl Washington has been suspended without pay for the beginning of the regular season.
According to a news release, Washington will miss the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
The 26-year-old Pro Bowl linebacker will be able to participate in all off-season and preseason practices and games, the Cardinals said.
"Adversity and dealing with it is part of the business but when it's avoidable like this was, it's particularly tough," said Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians. "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."
Washington also released the following statement:
"I was always taught that when you make a mistake, you admit it, learn from it and face whatever consequences there are. 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."