Washington will start this Sunday when the Red Birds host the Carolina Panthers at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.
"I'm not surprised but sometimes you expect the unexpected," Washington told espn.com regarding his upcoming start. "You never know what's going to happen in this league, but I think with what I've shown over the years it only makes sense."
"Mentally, he should be up to speed," Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said. "Physically, he's in great shape, so it's just a matter of playing football again, so we'll get him out there and get him ready."
Washington will be a big boost to a Cardinals defense that struggled until last Sunday against Tampa Bay. The Red Birds played very well that afternoon and will welcome back Washington's ability to rush the quarterback. Arizona's pass rush is getting better and Washington led the Red Birds in sacks last season (nine).
Not only that but Washington also paced Arizona in total tackles last season with 134. He is a play maker but will no doubt be needing to shake off some rust against the Panthers.
"I think I'll have to come back really strong," Washington stated.
No one will be surprised if he does.
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