Flush the Pocket: Eyes on Daryl Washington

October, 1, 2013
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Flush the Pocket will be your daily morning dose of the Arizona Cardinals. It'll recap the top story line from the previous day and give you a look at what everyone is saying locally and nationally.

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona coach Bruce Arians doesn't hide his candidness.

Early Monday afternoon he called the Cardinals' offense "putrid" -- and that was putting it nicely. So when Arians was a guest on NFL Network's The Coaches Show podcast hosted by former NFL coach Brian Billick, Arians' sincerity showed.

He compared getting Daryl Washington back after a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy to getting a Pro Bowler in a trade this early in the season.

For the next week, Washington will be the topic du jour until he makes his appearance Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

However more bad news could be awaiting Washington, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Washington could be suspended against next season, sources told Schefter. The suspension would stem from charges of an alleged domestic incident with an ex-girlfriend last May in which he was accused of breaking her collarbone. The case still is in the courts and is not expected to be resolved this season, another source told Schefter. Washington's next court date is Oct. 9 for a pretrial conference.

For now, he's back on the field and everyone will be looking for No. 58.

Read my story here.

Bob McManaman of AZCentral.com writes about the Cardinals' offensive struggles.

Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com writes about Washington's return.

Arians talked with NFL Network's Brian Billick about the Cardinals' recent win.

Josh Weinfuss

ESPN Arizona Cardinals reporter

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