Former Chiefs DB Suspended By NFL

Donald Washington, the Chiefs disappointing fourth-round choice in the 2009 NFL Draft selected by GM Scott Pioli has been suspended by the NFL for three games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

Washington was arrested in the early morning hours of July 21 by the Illinois State Police about five miles west of Effingham on Interstate 70. Originally pulled over for speeding (86 mph in a 65 mph zone), authorities later charged him with suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, unlawful possession of cannabis and driving with a suspended license.

Police also found crushed pills in Washington’s possession that may have been a controlled substance.

At Ohio State where he played his college ball, Washington faced several disciplinary problems, including a suspension. Despite those problems, Pioli selected him with the 102nd choice of the ’09 NFL Draft. He never made the transition to being a major contributor for the Chiefs defense and special teams. The Indianapolis native played in 32 games with 5 starts. He had 57 defensive tackles and one forced fumble, as well as 14 tackles in the kicking game.

Washington was released on August 31 and has not signed with any other team. If he is signed by another team, he will have to sit out three games.

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