GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 11: Runningback LaRod Stephens-Howling #36 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes the football against the Carolina Panthers during the NFL season opening game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Carindals defeated the Panthers 28-21. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Sunday's victory against the Carolina Panthers was especially sweet considering the dismal season that the Cardinals had in 2010. However, with such a great win comes some bad news. Daryl Washington and LaRod Stephens-Howling both came out of the game prematurely with injuries.
Yesterday, some of the team insiders were able get some information their status and give us a little insight into whether or not the two will be ready for the Washington Redskins next Sunday.
Kent Somers wrote a piece in regards to the current status of Daryl Washington and his injury. In an e-mail, Somers was told by Washington's agent that Daryl should be ready for next Sunday, but that he could miss some practice throughout the week. He had an MRI yesterday an apparently it just showed a strained calf, nothing that should keep him out for an extended amount of time.
If Washington is unable to play against the Washington Redskins, the defense of the Arizona Cardinals will have a huge hole to fill. Washington was arguably the team's best defensive player during week one against the Panthers and he looks to be headed for a huge season.
Also of note, LaRod Stephens-Howling sustained a hand and biceps injury in the first half of Sunday's game. No information has been given in regards to his ailment, so we are left in the dark as to whether he will be available next weekend.
With Ryan Williams already out for the season, Arizona can ill afford to lose not only another offensive contributor, but also a special teams ace. Stephens-Howling is the team's kick returner and he often becomes a dynamic playmaker in that role.
If I had to guess, I would say both Washington and LaSH will be available for the Cardinals in D.C. They could be used sparingly, as Stewart Bradley and Reggie Walker are capable fill-ins on certain down for Washington and Alfonso Smith and Chester Taylor are behind the depth chart for Stephens-Howling. Whatever the case, let's hope they can get back on the field as soon as possible.