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Cardinals' top linebacker arrested

PHOENIX — Daryl Washington, the Cardinals' leading tackler last season, was arrested Friday after being accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, who authorities said is the mother of his baby daughter.

Maricopa County prosecutors said Washington, 26, posted $4,200 bond and was released. He had been booked on suspicion of two counts of aggravated assault.

A probable cause statement released by Phoenix police said Washington's ex-girlfriend claimed he grabbed her by the throat and shoved her to the ground after an argument Wednesday. The woman told police that Washington also pushed her, causing her to fall and break her right collarbone, according to court documents.

He is expected back in court Thursday.

Washington led the Cardinals with 134 tackles and nine sacks last season and signed a six-year contract extension in September.

More serious Romo? Owner Jerry Jones says quarterback Tony Romo has committed to spending "Peyton Manning-type time" trying to turn the Cowboys into Super Bowl contenders.

Does that mean Romo hasn't done enough to make team headquarters his second home in six full seasons?

"No. It's a bonus," Jones said. "Anybody will tell you that Peyton Manning's involvement in what they do is a bonus as opposed to what the general commitment is of top quarterbacks in the NFL. We've committed, and he's committed to that type of in-season and offseason approach for these years under his contract."

Romo got a six-year, $108 million extension in March.

The skeptical fan base sees Romo as a full-time golfer and part-time quarterback who used to date celebrity girlfriends before settling down. Critics see one playoff win and a 1-6 record in elimination games since he took over in 2006.

Jaguars: Denard Robinson, the Michigan quarterback switching to running back, showed off his speed and versatility on the first day of a three-day rookie minicamp. The fifth-round pick took the majority of repetitions with the first-team offense, broke several long runs and caught all but one pass thrown his way.

Jets: Coach Rex Ryan said the 6-10 finish and circus last season became won't deter him from becoming his old, brash self again. "I came here not because it was the easy choice, but because it was the right choice," he said. "I want to be here, and I want to be a world champion as the New York Jets head coach. That's never going to change. That drives me."

Ravens: Steve Spagnuolo, the former Rams coach and defensive coordinator for the Saints and Giants, was hired as a senior defensive assistant. Spagnuolo was fired by Saints coach Sean Payton after one season in which the defense allowed a single-season NFL record 7,042 yards.

Cardinals' top linebacker arrested 05/03/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 3, 2013 10:19pm]
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