Locker Room Buzz: Arizona Cardinals

TAMPA, Fla. -- Observed in the locker room after the Arizona Cardinals’ 13-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Pure exhaustion: One of the first things heard upon entering the Cardinals’ locker room was quarterback Carson Palmer asking a teammate if he was tired. Palmer then explained how exhausted he was. “It was a dogfight,” Palmer said during his news conference.

Stopping the run: The defensive line was extra curious about how many yards it allowed on the ground and began asking anyone who walked by. The answer was 80, the second most Arizona has allowed all season.

Waiting patiently: Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald wasn’t targeted once in the first half, but he’s not the type of person to say anything about it. At halftime, he didn’t voice his displeasure with not being involved, nor did he suggest ways to make that happen. “I’m not a complainer,” Fitzgerald said.

D-Wash on the mind: Sunday was the Cardinals’ last game without linebacker Daryl Washington, who will be reinstated Monday after a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. And the Cards let everyone know how excited they were to have him back. Both head coach Bruce Arians and cornerback Patrick Peterson referenced Washington and how the defense will change with when he returns.