LISTEN: Lorenzo Alexander, Cardinals linebacker 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Cardinals linebacker Lorenzo Alexander was on the Burns & Gambo show of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM and talked about if the team is counting on Washington playing for the Cardinals this season.“Yeah, at this point you can’t really count on his situation and what’s going on,” he said. “We have these 90 guys competing on being Cardinals and those are the guys we are relying on. If something happens where he can come back then we will integrate him in.”While the team can’t count on Washington to play, it does not mean the players would not want him back.Alexander sounded very open to having the beleaguered linebacker coming back to the roster if the NFL allows Washington to play.“As a player, I am always welcoming Washington back,” Alexander said. “From a systematic standpoint they might say it is (tough to rejoin team mid-season).“You have guys like (Greg) Hardy suspended 10 games, he is out all of camp, preseason and all of those 20 games, but when he is ready to play you will say, ‘Come on back,’ right? No one is saying, ’10 games? We don’t want you back.’ It does not really matter length of time, whenever he can come back he’s a Cardinal, he’s our brother. Up top it is something different.” Your browser does not support the audio element. If Washington can play, the question then becomes can he still play?The 6-foot-2, 238 pound linebacker has missed an entire season, and seemingly will be suspended at least a certain amount of games in 2015 if he gets reinstated.That is a lot of time for a player to miss.Prior to the suspension, Washington was a Pro-Bowl player that made the Associated Press 2nd-Team All-NFL in 2012. He recorded a career-high 108 tackles that season, along with nine sacks and an interception.Alexander seems to believe that Washington could return and play football at the high level he was playing before his suspensions.“Some guys have the ability to transcend the situation as far as missing football and Washington was one of those guys that is gifted to play this game at a high level,” he said. “Hardy can do it, Adrian Peterson can do it. There are a lot of guys that have elite talent and could come out and make an impact.“I’m not sure I can do it, but I’m not as gifted as him physically. He can make wrong steps and still make up stuff with his athleticism in football that most guys can’t.”There is still no timetable on when the NFL will announce a decision on Washington. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Daryl Washington saga continues to drag on.It remains to be seen when the NFL will officially announce a suspension on the Arizona Cardinals linebacker, leaving many to wonder when the decision will come down.Last year, Washington was suspended the entire season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. He has applied for reinstatement with the league, but is facing additional penalties for a felony assault charge. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Over the past three games, he’s completed more than 70 percent of his passes.So when the Arizona Cardinals enter Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, the task of keeping up with all those points and all those touchdowns falls on rookie quarterback Josh Rosen’s shoulders.Related LinksSchlereth: Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson’s trade request was honestChiefs WR Sammy Watkins in danger of missing matchup against ArizonaBruce Arians part of CBS announcing crew for Cardinals-ChiefsThe Consensus Week 10: Cardinals stay in the same neighborhoodRather than building off of nine full games of production like Mahomes, who didn’t play until the last game of his rookie year, Rosen hopes to continue constructing his career on a tiny foundation of two drives to end the front half of the Cardinals’ season — drives that allowed Arizona to come back from a 15-3 deficit for a win over the San Francisco 49ers.“I mean, for the most part we’re trying to focus on us and get ourselves rolling, regardless of who the opponent is,” Rosen said Thursday.Mahomes didn’t take this path, but it could have been similar.Former Arizona coach Bruce Arians told the Los Angeles Times in September that the Cardinals targeted Mahomes on draft night in 2017. The Chiefs, who only had the 27th overall pick, moved up to draft the Texas Tech quarterback 10th overall, three picks ahead of Arizona’s slot.That pushed the Cardinals’ drafting of a franchise quarterback to 2018, where they made the move from 15th to 10th to nab Rosen. TEMPE, Ariz. — Keep the Kansas City Chiefs on their current tear, and Patrick Mahomes will have done his job.Week after week, he’s made that look easy.Kansas City leads the NFL averaging 36 points per game, and a lot of it has to do with their 23-year-old quarterback. Mahomes has thrown for more than 300 yards in each of his last eight games and at least three touchdowns in seven of nine outings through the Chiefs’ 8-1 start. GOLDITCH READY TO SETTLE IN — AGAINThe Arizona Cardinals on Monday signed rookie offensive lineman Zack Golditch to the 53-man roster, his first foray onto an NFL team’s regular season team.It’s his fourth NFL team since going undrafted, but his story is much deeper.Golditch was shot in the neck during a 2012 shooting at an Aurora, Colo., moving theater that killed 12 and injured 70 total.“It’s a part of my story. Obviously I can’t go back and change it, but I’m thrilled to be at where I am right now. That’s just a credit to the people who helped me get here,” he said Wednesday.Golditch, who played at Colorado State, has spent time on the practice squads of the Los Angeles Chargers, San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts. He was signed off the Colts’ practice squad. Top Stories (AP photos) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 4 Comments Share “For Josh it’s just a matter of continuing to grow, show improvement, protect the ball better and just keep moving forward. They’re not real complicated defensively, they’ll give you opportunities to get the ball down the field.”Kansas City is allowing the 13th-most points per game (25.1), eighth-most rushing yards per game (124.8) and fifth-most passing yards per game (302.7).Some of those numbers are a result of opponents getting so many chances to possess the ball because of explosive plays and quick scores.Rosen said he was aware of the numbers. He said they’re deceptive as Kansas City has played conservative defensive schemes while holding big leads.Asked if there was a weakness in the Chiefs defense, he pointed at the rolling cameras and smiled.“Always,” he said. “Every week there’s something.”ROSEN ‘INDEBTED’ TO BRADFORDRosen spoke for the first time Wednesday about the team’s release of veteran quarterback Sam Bradford, who lost his starting job to the rookie after Week 3.“That’s kind of the tough, sort of unfortunate aspect of this game,” Rosen said. “But I mean, we’ll always stay in contact. Sam is awesome. I couldn’t thank him enough for what he did to help me. He’s — I’m very indebted to him.” The quarterbacks’ paths have crossed before. In college, they were coaches at the Manning Passing Academy.“We were roommates, so waking up early together and getting in trouble together,” Rosen joked.Rosen didn’t get to see Mahomes’ arm talent in action during that offseason trip, but he knows what the Chiefs are capable of. He grew up a fan of the Michael Vick-era Philadelphia Eagles, who were then led by current Chiefs coach Andy Reid.“I used to have an Eagles shirt as a kid that said, ‘Our coach will eat yours,’” Rosen said. “I was a huge Andy Reid fan. Him and Mike Vick and the DeSean Jackson days were very fun to watch.”Is there a chance the Cardinals’ offense could continue to build on those two game-saving drives against San Francisco?“The Chiefs are vulnerable defensively I think,” said Arians, who joined the TD Fantasy Podcast on Wednesday and will call the game for CBS. “The Browns did a great job of pounding the ball in play-action (last week) and staying out of third-and-long. But again, you’re going to have to score a lot of points because they’re going to score a lot of points.