By: Rich Gray
John Abraham reported to training camp in Glendale this afternoon for the first time following his DUI arrest on June 29th in Atlanta.
“I just wanted to thank Michael [Bidwill], Bruce [Arians], Steve [Keim], everybody for understanding,” Abraham said following practice. “I’m just glad to be back. I’m ready to get into my playbook and ready to get back to football.”
Abraham refused to go into details as to what took place during his absence, but did say he felt like the DUI arrest was being made a bigger deal than it actually is. Still, there is the potential the NFL could hand Abraham a suspension before the start of the season.
“When I was younger, I messed up a lot,” said Abraham. “There’s a lot of stuff in my life that hurt me more than this did. This is just another bump in the road. Give this a few weeks, a few months and nobody will be talking about this anymore.”
The Cardinals are glad to have Abraham back. Head coach Bruce Arians said he will still have his role as the Cardinals starting WILL linebacker. Abraham put on some weight while he was gone and his focus now will be studying the playbook and getting back into football shape.
“I’m not going to try and rush myself and get hurt,” Abraham said. “I don’t want to put myself in jeopardy of trying to come back too fast and getting injured. I give myself about four or five days to get back in shape.”