Skelton Headed to the Bengals, Cardinals LB Washington Suspended for Four Games

Skelton Headed to the Bengals

Just two days after he was released by the Arizona Cardinals, quarterback John Skelton is already employed by a new team.

On Wednesday, the Cincinnati Bengals picked him up off waivers, reported The Cincinnati Inquirer’s Joe Reedy. He tweeted, “#bengals acquire QB John Skelton on waivers from the Cardinals and re-signed LB Vinny Rey.”

The team confirmed the move on its website and head coach Marvin Lewis said, “We’re glad to add John to cultivate a competitive situation behind Andy Dalton. He’s a young player (age 25), but he has had valuable experience starting and leading a team in the NFL.”

Drafted in 2010, Skelton started in 17 games for the team and just last season he began the season as its starter. But it didn’t last long as he was injured in Week 1. He tried to make a comeback later in the season and we all know how everything turned out for him in the desert: he went 1-6 as starter in 2012.

In his NFL career, Skelton’s stats include 320-for-602 (53.2 percent) passing, 3,707 yards, 15 touchdowns and 25 interceptions.

Cardinals Washington Suspended for Four Games

Meanwhile, Skelton’s former teammate linebacker Daryl Washington fared less well on Wednesday.

The player has been suspended by the league for four 2013 games and will knock it out at the start of the season. This comes after he violated its substance-abuse policy.

Washington apologized via the team’s website with, “I was always taught that when you make a mistake, you admit it, learn from it and face whatever consequences there are. I take full responsibility and I understand that I let down my teammates, the organization and fans. I apologize for that and promise that no one will work harder to make up for it.”

The player will still be able to participate in the team’s offseason, training camp and preseason games but once the first week for the regular season begins, he won’t be able to be present at the team’s facility until he’s served his suspension.

Drafted by Arizona in 2010, Washington was selected to the Pro Bowl for the 2012 season and led the team with his 140 tackles, nine sacks, one interception along with six passes defended.

New coach Bruce Arians said of the news, “Adversity and dealing with it is part of the business but when it’s avoidable like this was, it’s particularly tough. One of the biggest things we preach is accountability. Daryl knows that and our team knows that. We will deal with this and others will have to step up until he’s back. I’m confident they will.”



Debbie Baratz

Deb has been writing about the NFL and NCAA football for the last few years. She is a full-time writer and an avid sports fan. Follow her on twitter @ldbar.

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