Cardinals' Daryl Washington to appeal 4-game suspension next week

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The linebacker will travel to New York in attempt to negate or shorten a suspension stemming from a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington will be traveling to New York next Monday to meet with league officials in an attempt to wipe out or shorten the four-game suspension he received for violating the league's substance abuse policy, according to the team's official site.

Washington's appeal doesn't appear to have much of a chance, and he's admitted himself that the trip is "more of a conversation" than a formal attempt at clemency. It doesn't seem like he'll have an audience with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, which is usually a prerequisite for avoiding league discipline.

Washington, who is entering his fourth year with the Cardinals, has remained mum on what exactly led to his suspension, and it is unclear what aspects of his punishment he plans to argue against.

It's been a rough offseason for the defender, who is also battling assault charges for an incident with the mother of his child back in May.

Washington has missed only one game for the Cardinals in his three seasons in the league, accumulating 319 combined tackles, 15 sacks and four interceptions.

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