Inside linebacker Stewart Bradley signed a five-year, $30 million deal soon after the lockout ended, but he stayed on the sideline for most of last Sunday's game.
Even when starter Daryl Washington left with a strained calf in the fourth quarter, Bradley didn't enter the game. It was Reggie Walker.
That could change this week, however, if Washington misses the Redskins game. Bradley could play the strong side with Paris Lenon moving to the weak side, which is Washington's spot.
Bradley might have been held out last week, because Lenon had received little practice time at the weak side position.
Washington's absence, however, is a blow to the Cardinals. The second-year pro looked great in training camp and played well in the opener.
He had two interceptions, although one was nullified by penalty.
At 258 pounds, Bradley would add some muscle to the run defense. He also runs well, so the Cardinals could use him in some nickel packages.