The Cardinals second-round selection (47th overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft, Washington signed a contract extension on 9/6/12 that keeps him in Arizona through 2017. He has started 41 of 47 games played in his first three seasons.
2012: Led the team and set career highs with 140 tackles and 9.0 sacks … also had a team-high 14 tackles for loss and tied for the team lead with 14 QB pressures … had two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one INT, and six passes defensed … totaled double-digit tackles in five games … led all NFL ILBs in sacks and tied for the fourth-highest single-season total by a LB in franchise history … selected to his first career Pro Bowl and was named All-Pro by SI.com (Peter King) and NFL.com … collected a team-leading 10 solo tackles and added a sack and a QB pressure vs. Sea (9/9) … had 13 unassisted tackles @ NE (9/16); marked his fourth straight game with double-digit tackles dating back to 2011; also had a tackle for loss and one pass defensed … recorded a sack of Michael Vick and tied for the team lead with six tackles vs. Phi (9/23); added a team-high three QB pressures, one tackle for loss, and one pass defensed; also had a key block on James Sanders’ 93-yard fumble return for a TD on the final play of the first half … sacked Ryan Tannehill and forced a fumble that Vonnie Holliday recovered with under three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter vs. Mia (9/30); turnover helped set up game-tying TD drive; totaled five tackles ... recorded a sack of Sam Bradford in the second quarter @ StL (10/4); tied for the team lead with six tackles, including two for loss, and had a team-high three QB pressures … established a new career high with 14 tackles (all solos), including one for loss, and forced a fumble by Fred Jackson on the first play of the game vs. Buf (10/14) … had his first career multi-sack game with two sacks of Christian Ponder @ Min (10/21); also had a team-high nine tackles and two QB pressures … recorded two sacks for the second consecutive game vs. SF (10/29); also had eight tackles, including two for loss, and two QB pressures; became just the third player in franchise history with 8.0 sacks in the first eight games of a season and the first Cardinal with multiple sacks in consecutive games since Eric Swann in 1999 … led the LBs with eight tackles @ GB (11/4) … named to Pro Football Weekly’s Midseason All-Pro Team, one of six players that were unanimous selections … led the team with 12 tackles, including one for loss, and had his first INT of the season @ Atl (11/18); was one of five Cardinals INTs in the game; also had one pass defensed and one QB pressure … collected his ninth sack and totaled nine tackles and one QB pressure vs. StL (11/25); reached 100 tackles for the second consecutive season … recovered a Kahlil Bell fumble in the fourth quarter to help set up a FG @ NYJ (12/2); marked his first career fumble recovery; led the LBs with nine tackles, including one for loss … led the LBs with seven tackles, including two for loss, and had one pass defensed vs. Det (12/16) … registered a team-leading 12 tackles @ SF (12/30); marked his fifth double-digit tackle game this season.
2011: Started 14 of the 15 games he appeared in during his second NFL season and recorded a team-high 111 tackles, five sacks, seven passes defensed, and two INTs … also led the team with 16 tackles for loss and tied for the team lead with nine QB pressures … finished the season as one of five players in the NFL with both 5+ sacks and 2+ INTs … had six tackles, including one for loss, one sack, an INT and one pass defensed in season opener vs. Car (9/11); his INT in the third quarter came with the Cardinals trailing 14-7 and led to a game-tying TD pass from QB Kevin Kolb to TE Jeff King on the next play from scrimmage; left the game in the second half with a calf injury … inactive due to calf injury @ Was (9/18); first missed game of his career … returned from injury and had four tackles, including one for loss @ Sea (9/25) … tied for the lead among LBs with six tackles, including a tackle for loss vs. NYG (10/2) … recorded his second sack of the season @ Min (10/9); also posted five tackles, including two for loss, and had one QB pressure … led the LBs with seven solo tackles vs. Pit (10/23); also had one tackle for loss … finished with eight tackles, including one for loss, and had one QB pressure and one pass defensed @ Bal (10/30) … tied for the team lead with 10 tackles and had two tackles for loss and two passes defensed vs. StL (11/6) … posted a team-leading nine solo tackles and two tackles for loss @ Phi (11/13); sacked Michael Vick on the Eagles first drive of the second half and had two QB pressures … recorded his second INT of the season @ SF (11/20); totaled six solo tackles, one pass defensed and one QB pressure … had a team-high eight tackles and one pass defensed @ StL (11/27) … posted a team-high nine tackles, including one for loss, vs. Dal (12/4) … collected his fourth sack of the season vs. SF (12/11), helping the Cardinals to record five sacks for the second straight game; also had four solo tackles, including one for loss, and one QB pressure … led the team with 11 tackles @ Cin (12/24); reached the 100-tackle mark for the first time in his career; had one tackle for loss and one QB pressure … for the second straight week, recorded 11 tackles, including two for loss vs. Sea (1/1/12); also had a sack in the second quarter and registered one pass defensed and one QB pressure.
2010: Started 11 of 16 games as a rookie, joining TE Jim Dray as the only Cardinals rookies to appear in all 16 games … became the first rookie defender to start on opening day during the Ken Whisenhunt era … started first NFL game at ILB and recorded six unassisted tackles @ StL (9/12) … totaled a team-high 10 unassisted tackles @ Atl (9/19) … registered five tackles vs. Oak (9/26) and was part of a defense that held the Raiders to one TD in five trips to the red zone … led team with six solo tackles and two tackles for loss vs. NO (10/10) … registered first career sack, one tackle for loss and a season-high 11 tackles @ Sea (10/24); part of defense that only gave up one TD in seven trips in the red zone … stepped into a backup role @ Min (11/7) with LB Gerald Hayes making his first start after returning from a back injury … recorded a team-high two special teams tackles and downed a punt at the AZ 10-yard line vs. Sea (11/14) … saw increased playing time after LB Paris Lenon left the game due to an injury midway through the fourth quarter vs. SF (11/29) and registered three tackles and one special teams tackle … made eighth career start vs. Den (12/12), collecting eight tackles, a team-high two passes defensed (first of career) and first career INT, which he returned 39 yards to the one yard-line where it was stripped by Denver and recovered in the end zone for a TD by DT Darnell Dockett; also downed a punt at the Denver four yard-line … led team with two QB pressures and tied for the team lead with eight unassisted tackles while also recording one tackle for loss, one QB hit and his first career forced fumble vs. Dal (12/25) … made fourth consecutive start in the season finale @ SF (1/2/11), recording four tackles and one tackle for loss.
Played in 50 games during his four seasons at TCU (15 starts), finishing his collegiate career with 220 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, four INTs, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery … blocked four kicks during his career, leading the nation with three blocks in 2007 … as a senior, ranked fifth in the Mountain West Conference with 109 tackles and was named first-team All-America by ESPN.com and also named to All-America teams by Sporting News, Rivals.com and Pro Football Weekly ... first-team All-Mountain West Conference and a Butkus Award semifinalist … led TCU with 109 tackles, the most stops by a Horned Frog since 2004 as TCU led the nation in total defense for the second-consecutive season … posted 10 tackles, including 3.5 for loss, in the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium … second on TCU with 11 tackles for loss on the season ... tied for the team lead with three INTs on the season … played in 13 games (two starts) as a junior in ’08 and was TCU's fourth-leading tackler with 63 stops on a defense that led the nation in total defense and run defense ... also recorded 5.5 tackles for loss, a career-high three sacks, four passes defensed, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an INT … special teams standout who tied for the national lead with three blocked punts as a sophomore in ‘07, sharing the honor with Ohio's Joshua Abrams ... also saw time as a reserve LB, recording 32 tackles, three tackles for loss and a pass defensed ... blocked punts vs. Air Force, Wyoming and Utah ... one of four true freshmen to see action in ‘06, contributing at LB and on special teams ... recorded 16 tackles, including one for loss, and forced a fumble on defense ... blocked his first career punt, forced a fumble and totaled three solo tackles in the 52-0 win over San Diego State.
Attended Irving (TX) High School and was a first-team all-city selection and team MVP as a senior … selected to play in the Texas-Oklahoma Oil Bowl All-Star Game after recording 168 tackles and four sacks as a senior … also lettered three times in basketball and once in track and field … Communications major.
Tennessee Titans receiver Kendall Wright makes a 4-yard catch and is then thrown down hard to the turf by Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington.