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Adolphus Washington addresses media for first time since arrest

PITTSFORD - There wasn't much Adolphus Washington could elaborate on with his case still ongoing, but the Bills second-year defensive tackle did express regret and relief after his July 9 arrest for improperly carrying a concealed firearm in his car.

The incident took place in his home state of Ohio outside a water park in Sharonville. According to a Cincinnati Enquirer report, Washington displayed a gun inside his car a short distance away from an officer around 10 p.m. without warning he had it on him.

"I can't really say much on it," Washington said. " ... But one thing I can tell you is that I learned from my mistakes.

" ... I definitely thank God that it didn't turn into something more serious than what it was."

Washington, who was released later that night, admitted part of him feared for his job after the arrest. A meeting with head coach Sean McDermott and General Manager Brandon Beane brought comfort once both backed him "100 percent." The entire defensive line also reached out to show support, Washington said, along with several players from other position groups.

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The 2016 third-round draft pick out of Ohio State received first-team reps on the first day of training camp at St. John Fisher. As a rookie, Washington started 11 games and recorded 21 tackles and 2.5 sacks. The indication seems to be, since McDermott and Beane have kept him around this long, that Washington will get the chance to compete for a job on the defensive line during camp.

"When we got here Tuesday or Wednesday, just to be back around the guys, it took my mind off of it," Washington said. " ... I forget about it. I try not to think about it. I'm trying to focus on my team and trying to help us move in the right direction this year for the football season."

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The three defensive tackles figured to be ahead of Washington for a total of four roster spots are veterans Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus and fifth-year DT Jerel Worthy, who left practice early with a cramp under his right rib cage.

"I'm gonna keep it private what we said, but he understands that we're disappointed the situation happened," Beane said before camp Thursday of his meeting with Washington. "At the same time, we're thankful no one was injured. It could've been worse. He understands and we're gonna move forward."

McDermott, too, expressed relief the incident didn't escalate into something more dangerous.

"In terms of Adolphus, right from the start, he's been great in terms of the communication from the time that that incident unfolded with us," the first-year head coach added.

Washington declined to speak on whether he agreed with his attorney's feeling that no law was broken and whether or not he always keeps a firearm in his car.

The incident was his second arrest in less than two years. In December 2015, he was arrested in Columbus while playing for the Buckeyes for soliciting prostitution when he agreed to pay an undercover police officer $100 for oral sex. The charge was later dismissed after Washington completed an educational program, but he missed Ohio State's 44-28 Fiesta Bowl win against Notre Dame.

As for what he actually learned from his recent arrest?

"Probably just the environment that I go in," Washington said. "I'm young. Don't make mistakes, just gotta learn from it."

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