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Karlos Dansby to visit Cardinals

Karlos Dansby

Miami Dolphins middle linebacker Karlos Dansby (58) during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, in Miami. (AP Photo/Rhona Wise)


The Arizona Cardinals are already set to be without linebacker Daryl Washington for the first four games of the season due to a substance-abuse violation. It could be even longer after Washington was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault for an attack against his former girlfriend last week.

The possible extended void in the middle of the Cardinals defense has prompted the Cardinals look into contingency plans. At the top of the list is a player the franchise is very familiar with. According to Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910 in Phoenix, Karlos Dansby is expected to meet with the Cardinals on Wednesday. Dansby played his first six seasons with the Cardinals.

Dansby was released by the Miami Dolphins in March. Since then he has taken visits to the Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills but has remained without a job for next season. With Washington’s suspension, the Cardinals could hedge their best with Dansby as a fallback option. The Cardinals drafted inside linebacker Kevin Minter out of LSU in the second round as well and he could factor into the depth at the position.

Dansby has recorded 332 tackles and six sacks over the last three seasons for the Dolphins.