The Arizona Wildcats’ defensive line was never going to be a great strength this season, and recent developments make the forecast more ominous.
Junior defensive tackle Justin Washington — who was a Freshman All-American before a sophomore slump — has been suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules, coach Rich Rodriguez said after Tuesday’s practice.
“He’s got to do some things to get back with the team,” Rodriguez said.
“For right now, he’s not practicing. He’s got to do some other things before we allow him to join the Wildcats.”
Washington was listed as a co-starter at defensive end with sophomore Kirifi Taula entering fall camp. Sophomore defensive end Dan Pettinato, a co-starter at the other end spot, suffered a leg injury in the team’s first scrimmage and could be out for the Sept. 1 opener vs. Toledo.
“It’s a shame he got hurt because we were really counting on him,” Rodriguez said.