PHOENIX -- Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington hated the last four weeks spent sitting out an NFL mandated suspension.
"Brutal" was the word he used.
He took it out on the Panthers, making the Cardinals' lack of offensive continuity seem a minor inconvenience in their 22-6 victory.
"Definitely, "Washington said when asked if he wanted to make a statement on his return, although he tempered that by saying, "I didn't want to be Superman."
At that, he failed miserably.
Washington played the kind of relentless, sideline-to-sideline defense that got him to his first Pro Bowl last season. He had one of three Cardinals' interceptions and two of their seven sacks. He had a team-high nine tackles and knocked a pass down. It was the kind of performance that might lead to another Pro Bowl, even if he has only 12 games to do it in.
He said he felt a little rusty, and there was a point in the first half when he had to change his mouthpiece because he could not catch his breath quick e...