NFL Notebook

NFL suspends Cardinals’ Washington for 1 year

Associated PressMay 30, 2014 

— The NFL has suspended Arizona Cardinals standout inside linebacker Daryl Washington for one year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

The punishment, announced Friday, did not mention Washington’s recent guilty plea to assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

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.”

Cleveland: The Browns are aware Pro Bowl receiver Josh Gordon, facing a possible NFL suspension for another failed drug test, was ticketed for speeding last weekend. A passenger in his car was cited for marijuana possession.

Gordon was pulled over for driving 74 mph in a 60 mph zone on May 25, WKYC-TV reported.

Browns general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement the team was gathering information and would not comment further.

•  Expecting huge crowds to see rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel compete with Brian Hoyer for the starting job, the Browns want fans to register online to attend training camp.

Cleveland can accommodate only about 5,000 fans at its facility. Browns President Alec Scheiner said the team will ask fans to sign up beforehand so “we don’t turn away 2,000 or 3,000 fans who just show up.”

Green Bay: The Packers signed first-round pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Green Bay took the former Alabama safety with the 21st pick in the draft. He had 51 tackles and two interceptions as a junior in 2013, his first season as a full-time starter for Alabama.

In 38 career games, he had 100 tackles and seven interceptions.

New York: The New York Giants released quarterback Josh Freeman, five weeks after signing him.

Freeman’s stock has plummeted since the beginning of last season, when he was Tampa Bay’s starting quarterback. He was benched and then cut by the Buccaneers, signed with Minnesota and started one game. That was in a lopsided loss to the Giants.

New York signed him as its 15th veteran free agent in the offseason, adding Freeman to the roster in part because starting quarterback Eli Manning and backup Curtis Painter had undergone surgery.

But Manning was back at practice this week.

The Giants also were awarded offensive lineman Rogers Gaines off waivers from the Bears.

•  New York Giants safety Will Hill was suspended for six games Friday by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Hill has failed three drug tests since 2012, and he lost an appeal for the latest infraction. He will be eligible to return on Oct. 13.

Hill was suspended for violating the performance enhancers policy two years ago, missing four games. He then missed the first four matches last season because of a substance abuse violation.

The Giants are expected to release Hill when his latest suspension ends.

Hill has played in just 24 games since being signed in 2012 as an undrafted free agent. He had two interceptions, returning one for a TD, and played well late last season.

Seattle: Richard Sherman is the latest NFL player to be featured as part of Campbell’s Chunky Soup “Mama’s Boy” campaign. Campbell’s senior brand manager, Neeli Straiges, said Sherman and his mother, Beverly, will be featured in ads. Shooting begins in Los Angeles this weekend.

Tampa Bay: The Buccaneerssigned cornerback Quinton Pointer and waived cornerback Marc Anthony. Pointer initially entered the NFL as an undrafted college free agent in 2012. In two seasons with the St. Louis Rams, he appeared in eight games and made five tackles.

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