Tyrann Mathieu Injury: Updates on Cardinals Star's Recovery from Knee Surgery

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2014

Jun 10, 2014; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu during mini camp at the teams Tempe training facility. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 23

Mathieu talked about his mental state after Sunday's game, according to Kent Somers of azcentralsports.com:

But when you are nine months removed from surgery to repair two torn knee ligaments, it's hard to do something about it.

"I thought I was playing a little lackadaisical in my technique," Mathieu said, "things I wouldn't normally do. I'm still a few weeks away from being the guy I want to be. That confidence is going to come, just with more playing time."

Updates from Monday, Sept. 15

Head coach Bruce Arians commented on Tyrann Mathieu Week 2 performance via Bob McManaman of azcentral.com:

"He didn't play that much and he was disappointed. I would have liked to have seen him play more, too, but he's not ready to play that much yet. I think his role should increase this week. We'll see what packages we have for him and where we can put him in."


Updates from Sunday, Sept. 14

Tyrann Mathieu was not among the Cardinals' list of inactive players for Week 2:

Updates from Friday, Sept. 12

Kent Somers of azcentral.com reports Mathieu's official status for Sunday:

Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona has an update on Mathieu's status for Sunday:

Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 10

Tyrann Mathieu's road to recovery continues to get closer reports Craig Morgan of FOX Sports Arizona:

Updates from Monday, Sept. 8

Tyrann Mathieu's status for Week 1 vs. the Chargers has been confirmed by VP of Cards media relations Mark Dalton:

Updates from Thursday, Sept. 4

Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona provides an update on Tyrann Mathieu's recovery:

Updates from Friday, Aug. 29

AZ Central's Kent Somers has the latest on Mathieu:

Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 26

Bruce Arians updated Tyrann Mathieu's status for the Cardinals' final preseason game (via Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports Radio):

Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 20

ESPN's Josh Weinfuss reports on Mathieu's status for Sunday's preseason game:

Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports Radio has the latest on Mathieu:

Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com also had more on Mathieu:

Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 19

Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com provides an update on Tryrann Mathieu's injury:

Updates from Monday, Aug. 18

Tyrann Mathieu is inching closer to a return according to ESPN's Adam Schefter: 

Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 12

Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com passed along comments from Bruce Arians and Tyrann Mathieu regarding the star DB's injury:

Mathieu also spoke to Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports 910 about getting back onto the field:

Original Text

Tyrann Mathieu was in the midst of having an excellent rookie season with the Arizona Cardinals last year when he tore his ACL and LCL in a December game against the St. Louis Rams. Now, the player is hoping to make his return to the team sooner rather than later.   

Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com provided comments from the 22-year-old defensive back regarding his status:

'I expect to be at practice the next two to three weeks,' Mathieu said. 'Hopefully we can stick to that timetable.'

The smile was in expectation of the next question, which was whether coach Bruce Arians was considering Mathieu’s plan.

'I shared it with him,' Mathieu said. 'I don’t think he takes me too seriously.'

Mathieu remains, with defensive tackle Alameda Ta’amu, on the physically-unable-to-perform list. All along, it was doubtful Mathieu was going to be able to return in training camp. 

More than likely, Mathieu will miss much of September. But his optimism is certainly a good sign. 

Mathieu was a revelation last year for the Cardinals, playing both as a free safety and as the team's slot corner. So good was he in the latter role that Bleacher Report's Matt Miller named him the third-best cornerback in the NFL.

Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press

Mathieu finished last season with 68 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and two interceptions. He showed the ability to both cover receivers down the field and handle an opponent's slot receiver, all while flashing a nose for the ball and a surprising physicality.

Suffice it to say, he quickly made himself one of Arizona's most important defensive players. And the Honey Badger also made himself one of the team's more popular players, as Kent Somers of AZCentral Sports noticed in late July:

While Mathieu's own timetable is probably a bit too eager for the doctors and the Cardinals coaching staff and front office, his return to the defense is vital. Arizona was sixth in total yards allowed and seventh in points allowed per game last year, and Mathieu's versatility was a big part of that success. 

It appears Honey Badger has a long, fruitful career ahead of him. He may be rusty upon his return to the team, but there's no question that his presence will be a very welcome one in the Cardinals defense.

The team will need him fully healthy to contend in the talented NFC West, so it will likely remain patient with Mathieu and not rush him into action.

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