Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians' offseason message-sending has given way to the reality that linebacker Daryl Washington is needed now more than ever.

With linebackers Sam Acho Lorenzo Alexander and Alex Okafor out for the season Arians confirmed Monday that Washington will immediately regain his starting job now that his four-game suspension has expired. "That one's easy" Arians said via the team's official website.

Washington will play next to Karlos Dansby as an inside linebacker with Jasper Brinkley moving to a specialist role as a run defender off the bench.

One of the fastest linebackers in the NFL Washington fell one sack shy last year of becoming the first inside linebacker since the New Orleans Saints' Charlie Clemons (2001) to reach double-digits in a single season.

"I told Bruce (Arians) last night I may meet Daryl this morning at the door with a big hug" general manager Steve Keim added via Arizonasports.com. "That speed on defense his ability to apply pressure and cover those backs and tight ends was sorely missed. He's a dynamic player ... a top-five linebacker in the NFL in my opinion. I think you're going to see this weekend he's going to play with a ball of rage."