The Arizona Republic is reporting that Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington has entered a guilty plea to an aggravated assault charge stemming from a domestic violence incident last year.
Washington faces as many as two years in prison when he is sentenced April 23. He invoked his right to remain silent at the hearing today and has been booked into the Fourth Street jail in downtown Phoenix.
It’s been a difficult last 16 months for Washington. He went from being in the Pro Bowl following the 2012 season to this domestic dispute. He later was given a four-game ban by the league for violating its substance abuse policy. Now the legal issue is at the forefront again and there’s no certainty regarding his future.
It will also impact how the Cardinals put together their lineup at inside linebacker Karlos Dansby signed with Cleveland and now Washington’s legal troubles only add to the situation. Kevin Minter is expected to be called on to help fill the gap in the lineup.
Today’s events may also force Arizona to look at a linebacker in free agency. Top names still available include Shaun Phillips, Pat Angerer and James Harrison.