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Senior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington won't play in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year's Day.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer announced Friday that Washington, who earned All-Big Ten honors last week, is suspended for the Buckeyes' bowl game against Notre Dame.

Meyer announced that the suspension is due to Washington violating team policy. Washington was charged earlier this week with soliciting for prostitution, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

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“I have wanted to be a high-character teammate, a contributor to the success of this program and, most importantly, someone my family can be proud of," Washington said in a statement, published by the Dispatch. “I am extremely disappointed in myself, and I can honestly say I will learn from my mistake and I will accept the consequences that deservedly will come my way. And I hope that people will know that I am truly sorry and that I sincerely do apologize.”

Washington is scheduled to appear in court next week.

Washington has been one of the best players on a very good Ohio State defense this season, totaling 49 tackles, including seven tackles for loss and four sacks, also intercepting a pass and forcing a fumble.