"Until he becomes a Cardinal again," coach Bruce Arians recently told The Arizona Republic's Bob McManaman, "it's a waste of breath."
The Cardinals might not roll out the red carpet if Washington is reinstated, but there seems to be little question that the linebacker will rejoin the team once he's eligible.
Arians acknowledged to McManaman that the players want him back in the locker room and "that's fine by me."
There is one caveat, however.
Even if Washington's suspension is lifted, he still faces added discipline for a domestic violence charge.
In other words, Arians has no idea when Washington will be back on the field.