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Northwestern defensive lineman Xavier Washington suspended after arrest for cocaine possession

One of Northwestern's starting defensive linemen has been indefinitely suspended from the team.

The Daily Northwestern reported Monday that senior-to-be Xavier Washington is suspended following an arrest in connection with possession of a controlled substance Sunday morning. Evanston police said that Washington fled on foot and was stopped by officers who found 0.5 grams of cocaine on his person.

Per the report, Washington was charged with one felony count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Washington, a Texas native and starting defensive end along Northwestern's defensive line, appeared in 35 games for the Wildcats during the first three seasons of his collegiate career, recording 63 total tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. That includes career bests with seven tackles for loss and four sacks last season.