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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 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

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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.
Source: ESPN.com
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

Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu (torn ACL, LCL) is expected to require a six-to-nine month recovery timetable.

Mathieu will likely miss the majority of training camp, but has a chance to be ready for Week 1. Cardinals GM Steve Keim expects Mathieu to be fully recovered for the start of the season and isn't ruling out him returning ahead of his current timetable. Mathieu had 68 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a sack in his rookie campaign, seeing time at both free safety and slot corner. When healthy, he's going to be a major part of Arizona's defense in 2014.
Jan 16 - 6:10 PM

Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu (torn ACL, LCL) will undergo surgery on Friday, and is without a timetable for a return.

Mathieu is optimistic he'll be ready for training camp, but there's simply no way of knowing right now. A timeline for the Honey Badger's return should emerge sometime in the next month. He should be considered highly questionable for Week 1 2014.
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 06:36:00 PM

Cardinals placed DB Tyrann Mathieu on injured reserve with a torn left ACL and LCL, ending his season.

S Curtis Taylor was promoted from the practice squad in a corresponding roster move. It's a bitterly disappointing end to what had been a revelatory rookie campaign from the third-round pick. Seeing time at both free safety and nickel back, Mathieu was a playmaking machine for the Cardinals, racking up 68 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a sack. He was playing essentially every down. Now the Honey Badger will likely miss the majority of next summer's training camp, and is highly questionable for Week 1. A pint-sized 5-foot-9, 186 pounds, Mathieu can't afford to lose any explosion.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 01:05:00 PM

Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu will undergo surgery to repair his torn left ACL and LCL on Tuesday, December 17.

We like to keep track of surgery dates for bookkeeping purposes. Coach Bruce Arians told reporters Monday that Mathieu is considered doubtful to participate in 2014 training camp, primarily because the LCL pushes back the ACL recovery. Rashad Johnson will take over at free safety. The Cards may turn to Jerraud Powers at slot corner, with Antoine Cason bookending Patrick Peterson.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 02:36:00 PM

Monday testing confirmed left ACL and LCL tears for Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu.

It's a devastating way to end the season for the NFL's top Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate. Mathieu was a beast at free safety and slot corner for the league's No. 5 defense, racking up 68 tackles, two interceptions, one sack, one forced fumble and nine pass breakups while playing virtually every snap in 13 games. Now he faces a long rehab process and questionable tag for the start of the 2014 season. Backup Rashad Johnson is a massive downgrade in both coverage and playmaking ability.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 11:47:00 AM

The Cardinals believe Tyrann Mathieu suffered a torn left ACL in Sunday's Week 14 win over the Rams.

Speaking after the game, coach Bruce Arians said it "appears" Mathieu tore his ACL. The rookie will undergo an MRI on Monday to confirm. Mathieu was playing on special teams when the injury happened. He was in on the tackle of Tavon Austin when his leg planted awkwardly and gave out. Mathieu sat on the turf for a few minutes before limping off under his own power. Mathieu's knee then buckled and a cart was called over to escort him to the locker room. The No. 69 overall pick in April's draft has been nails as the Cardinals' free safety and slot defender. It's a big loss for an Arizona defense that is one of the NFL's top units.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 07:46:00 PM

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