Daryl Washington rarely watched the Cardinals play live during his four-game suspension. He couldn't. It was just too painful not being able to play alongside his teammates.

But after stewing on a pair of bad decisions throughout the offseason and the first quarter of this season Washington is ready to put them in the past and he hopes everyone else is too.

"When you make a decision any decision you make there are always consequences with them" said Washington who was suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy and in a separate incident arrested in relation to a fight with the mother of his child.

"It's about how you bounce back from adversity. Does it make you stronger or do you stay in that foxhole and let everyone feel sorry for you? I've learned from it I'm ready to move forward I've kept my faith and I'm ready to play football."

The latter incident is still working its way through the court system with the next court date later this month but Washington will return to the starting lineup when the Cardinals host the Panthers on Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium.

He took part in all the meetings while he was suspended. He took part in practices. He even played in the preseason so coach Bruce Arians doesn’t foresee a significant issue with Washington's preparedness.

"He’s been working out like a fiend here with (strength and conditioning coordinator) John (Lott) every day and in the meetings" Arians said. "Mentally he should be up to speed."

Washington joked that Lott's workouts may have been more difficult than Arians'.

"I felt like I was doing combine part two" he said. "Hopefully it pays off."

Washington clearly brings a lot to the table including speed athleticism and the ability to cover the tight end a position that has killed the Cardinals early this season.