One of the most promising and underrated defensive players in the NFL will not be available for the first four games of the 2013 season.
Washington is coming off a breakout season. Few linebackers possess his versatility. It's an early blow to new coach Bruce Arians.
"Adversity and dealing with it is part of the business but when it's avoidable like this was, it's particularly tough," Arians said in a statement. "One of the biggest things we preach is accountability; Daryl knows that and our team knows that. We will deal with this and others will have to step up until he's back. I'm confident they will."
It's unclear how Washington violated the policy; that information is confidential.
"I was always taught that when you make a mistake, you admit it, learn from it and face whatever consequences there are," Wallace said in a statement. "I take full responsibility and I understand that I let down my teammates, the organization and fans. I apologize for that and promise that no one will work harder to make up for it."