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Palmer said the players need to support Washington “and love him and try to be there for him through this phase.”

He said Washington needs to keep preparing as a football player through his suspension and “stay away from bad people and bad places.”

“Don’t just sit back and relax and wait ‘til next year,” Palmer said, “because the game can pass you by.”

He said the Cardinals players would welcome Washington back “with open arms.”

“I think this locker room understands guys make mistakes,” Palmer said. “Some mistakes are more detrimental than others and hurt you more than others … I can’t wait to see him. I know he’s been through a lot and there’s been a lot of crazy things but this locker room will give him a hug, welcome him back and be glad to see him back.”

Washington’s‘ experience has been an example to the team’s younger players.

Minter has watched what has happened with eyes wide open.

“It’s like man,” he said. “I’d better not mess up.”

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