PHOENIX — The NFL suspended Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Daryl Washington for one year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
The punishment, announced Friday, was for substance abuse and did not mention his 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.
Giants cut QB Freeman
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants released quarterback Josh Freeman on Friday, 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 added Freeman to the roster in part because starting quarterback Eli Manning and backup Curtis Painter had undergone surgery.
Packers sign Clinton-Dix
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers signed first-round pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on Friday.
Green Bay took the former Alabama safety with the 21st pick in the draft.
Giants safety Hill suspended
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — 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 games last season because of a substance abuse violation.
The Giants are expected to release Hill when his latest suspension ends.
WR Gordon caught speeding
CLEVELAND — Josh Gordon’s troubles are piling up fast.
Cleveland’s Pro Bowl wide receiver, facing a possible NFL suspension for another failed drug test, was ticketed for speeding last weekend and 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 Friday.
Bucs sign cornerback Pointer
TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed 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.
The Buccaneers announced the moves Friday.
Indianapolis signs Moncrief
INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis signed third-round draft pick Donte Moncrief on Friday.
Moncrief, a receiver, started 37 games at Ole Miss and finished No. 3 on the school’s career receptions list with 156 in just three seasons.
He was taken No. 80 overall.