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Daryl Washington arrested on assault charges

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ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 18: Daryl Washington #58 of the Arizona Cardinals intercepts a pass from Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 18, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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News broke earlier this week that Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington was under investigation for a domestic violence incident and there has been a new development in the case.

It’s not a good one for Washington. Mia Garcia of FOX 10 in Phoenix and other local outlets are reporting that Washington has been arrested on two counts of aggravated assault. Per the original police report, the alleged victim, Washington’s ex-girlfriend, showed “clear indications” of having been attacked and claimed that Washington had choked her.

Washington, who met with police on Thursday about the allegations, is already suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season due to a violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. Should he be convicted of a crime in this case, he could face another suspension during the season for violating the Personal Conduct Policy.

“These are serious accusations that we are closely monitoring,” the Cardinals said in a statement before Washington was arrested. “Until all the facts are determined, and out of respect for the process, we will decline any further comment at this point.”

A wise position to take given how much still needs to play out in this case, but there’s no doubt that the offseason has not gone well for one of the Cardinals’ defensive leaders.

UPDATE 3:56 p.m. ET: Washington has released a statement.

“This is a legal matter and I am limited in what I can say other than that my lawyer and I will continue to cooperate with investigators and welcome the opportunity for all the facts to be presented. I regret that the situation has brought this kind of attention to my family and my team. I look forward to resolving it as soon as possible.”