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Tyrann Mathieu | Defensive Back

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (22) / 5/13/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 186
College: LSU
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Cardinals activated DB Tyrann Mathieu (knee) from the active/PUP list.
As is the case with Rob Gronkowski, there is "some optimism" Mathieu will be ready for Week 1, but it's far from a guarantee. Nevertheless, the Honey Badger is now looking like a good bet to get on the field before October. His presence would be a huge boost for a defense that just lost LE Darnell Dockett for the season, and is looking far-less imposing on paper than a year ago. Aug 19 - 4:15 PM

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports there's "some optimism" that Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu (knee) will play Week 1.

Mathieu will be activated from the PUP list Tuesday and begin practicing with the team. While Week 1 may be asking a lot of Mathieu, it certainly appears he'll be available to the Cardinals during the season's first month. The Cardinals are going to be careful with Mathieu, but they know they need him in the NFC West.
Aug 18 - 7:24 PM

Coach Bruce Arians said FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) is close to being activated from the active/PUP list, and it may even happen next week.

Last week, Mathieu said he hoped to begin practicing in 2-3 weeks, so this lines up with that timeframe. Getting Arians on board with that plan was going to be the tough part, but it appears Mathieu has convinced him. Once the Cardinals pull Mathieu off the active/PUP list, he can no longer begin the season on reserve/PUP. Mathieu may not be ready Week 1, but he'll be close.
Aug 12 - 2:23 PM

Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) hopes to begin practicing in 2-3 weeks.

"Hopefully we can stick to that timetable," Mathieu said. He also allowed that coach Bruce Arians may not be on board with that plan. Mathieu is doubtful for Week 1. It's not outside the realm of possibility he begins the season on the reserve/PUP list, costing him six games.
Aug 7 - 1:30 PM

Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) said he's still "at least a month away."

Mathieu believes he's 6-8 weeks from returning. That would put him on track to be cleared no later than Week 3, though coach Bruce Arians has conservatively listed Mathieu's return as October 1 (Week 5). Mathieu was placed on active/PUP for the start of camp and can be activated at any time.
Jul 25 - 5:16 PM

Cardinals placed FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) on the active/PUP list.

Joining him is DT Alameda Ta'amu (knee). Mathieu said earlier in the month that he's running at 60-70 percent coming off ACL and LCL reconstruction. He's about eight months removed from the injury. Coach Bruce Arians has conservatively forecasted Mathieu's return at October 1 (Week 5).
Jul 23 - 3:38 PM

Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu (ACL, LCL surgery) said he is running at about 60 or 70 percent.

Mathieu is now seven months removed from his injury. He's returned to his normal weight room routine and has begun to do some cutting, signaling the home stretch of his rehab. The realistic goal is for the Honey Badger to be back on the field following the Cardinals' Week 5 bye.
Jul 2 - 10:56 AM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Friday his "target" date for FS/CB Tyrann Mathieu's (ACL, LCL surgery) return is October 1.

Arizona has a Week 4 (September 28) bye. "I had October 1, or after the (bye) as the target date for me personally," stated Arians. "If (Mathieu's doctors) do something better than that, God bless ‘em." Mathieu is still hopeful he'll play in Week 1. The sophomore DB suffered his injury in early December. Having lost ILBs Daryl Washington and Karlos Dansby, the Cardinals' defense is very likely to experience a step back during the 2014 season.
Jun 13 - 4:55 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is hopeful FS Tyrann Mathieu (ACL) might only miss a "week or so" of training camp.

The same is true of NT Alameda Ta'amu (ACL). It's the right time of year to be "hopeful," but we're still considering Mathieu questionable for Week 1. He's only six months removed from ACL and LCL repairs. Speaking last month, GM Steve Keim said "there's a chance" Mathieu will be ready for Week 1. That's a more realistic outlook that Arians'.
Jun 12 - 2:17 PM

Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu said he contemplated suicide after getting arrested in Louisiana in October 2012.

Mathieu was jailed after police found marijuana in his apartment at LSU. He had already been kicked off the football team for failing multiple drug tests. "I'm sitting in that jail cell thinking, 'I don't know if I want to go back out there and face the music,'" he said. "I didn't know how I was going to commit suicide in the cell, but that was the direction my life was heading." Mathieu says his cellmates talked him out of the suicidal thoughts. Honey Badger went on to have a spectacular rookie NFL season before tearing his ACL and LCL in early December.
Jun 11 - 10:30 PM

GM Steve Keim said "there's a chance" Tyrann Mathieu (knee) will be ready for Week 1.

Mathieu tore his left ACL and LCL in early December, giving him nine months of recovery before Week 1. It'll likely come down to the wire, but the Cardinals would be wise not to rush him -- especially given the more complicated nature of a dual ligament tear. They added high-quality depth at the position by drafting Washington State S Deone Bucannon 27th overall.
May 19 - 8:15 AM

Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) has resumed a running program.

Mathieu has made impressive progress in his recovery from ACL surgery and is "several weeks" ahead of schedule. It's good news that he's already cleared for running drills, but Mathieu remains a candidate to open training camp on PUP. The Cardinals plan to take a conservative approach with Mathieu's rehab. If he avoids setbacks, Mathieu has a realistic chance to be ready for Week 1.
May 3 - 7:16 PM

Coach Bruce Arians expects DB Tyrann Mathieu (knee) to begin training camp on the PUP list.

"I think Ty is going to up to the wire," Arians said. "I still anticipate him on PUP, but he refuses to believe it. That's a good thing." Mathieu had never even heard of the PUP list before Wednesday. The kid is relentless and is aiming to take the field for day one of training camp. We can't see it happening, however. Being ready for the season opener is much more realistic.
Apr 23 - 3:32 PM

Coach Bruce Arians said DB Tyrann Mathieu (knee) is "several weeks" ahead of schedule in his rehab.

Mathieu tore his left ACL and LCL in Week 14. He shed the brace on his knee earlier this month but remains in question for camp. The Cardinals don't plan to push him until he's "more than ready." Mathieu is working hard at the team's facility, and they reportedly can't keep him away. Mathieu may not do much this summer, but he appears to have a solid chance of playing Week 1.
Mar 24 - 8:24 PM

Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu has shed the brace on his surgically-repaired left knee.

Mathieu tore his ACL and LCL on December 8 and has now "accepted the likelihood" that he'll miss most -- if not all -- of training camp. His rehab remains on schedule, but Mathieu is taking "veteran's approach" and wants to be 100 percent before returning to the field. The Cards reportedly can't keep him out of the facility since the season ended. Mathieu's Week 1 status is up in the air.
Mar 9 - 12:00 PM