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NFL Week 1 Injury Report: MRI For Daryl Washington, LaRod Stephens-Howling Arm Being Evaluated

It is nearly impossible to come out of an NFL football game without an injuries. For the most part the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers avoided anything major. The Panthers probably got the worst of it with Jon Beason being carted off the field with an ankle injury. Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington suffered a calf strain in the second half and running back LaRod Stephens-Howling took a shot to his arm and hand.

Washington is a key defensive player for the Cardinals. He came up big in his Week 1 game with two interceptions (one reversed due to a questionable call). Washington hurt his right calf later in the game and didn't return. He's schedule for an MRI on Monday but the general sense is that it's not a serious injury. More information should be available later in the week.

Running back LaRod Stephens-Howling got hit on his arm and is being evaluated for a bicep and hand injury. More on his status and availability will also have to wait until later in the week.

If Washington can't play in Week 2 against the Redskins, look for both Reggie Walker and Stewart Bradley to fill in well. Walker played against the Panthers after Washington left the field and played well according to coach Ken Whisenhunt. Bradley is still adjusting to the 3-4 defense and just needs more time to get comfortable.

If Stephens-Howling can't play, Patrick Peterson would move up to return kickoffs while Chester Taylor should be ready to take reps at running back. Taylor only had three days practice after being acquired by the Cardinals and wasn't active for Week 1. He thinks he'll be ready for the next game.

For the Panthers, Beason is a big blow. He'd been struggling with Achilles tendon issues and pulled up hurt after trying to chase down Cardinals TE Jeff King from behind.