“Until he becomes a Cardinal again,” coach Bruce Arians recently told The Arizona Republic’s Bob McManaman, “it’s a waste of breath.”
Arians noted two years ago that Washington had been “walking a very thin line” with his behavior. General manager Steve Keim released an atypically strong public statement last offseason, chastising Washington for putting the organization in a compromising position.
The Cardinals might not roll out the red carpet if Washington is reinstated, but there seems to be little question that the linebacker will rejoin the team once he’s eligible.
Arians acknowledged to McManaman that the players want him back in the locker room and “that’s fine by me.”
There is one caveat, however.
Even if Washington’s suspension is lifted, he still faces added discipline for a domestic violence charge.
In other words, Arians has no idea when Washington will be back on the field.
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