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Tyrann Mathieu | Defensive Back

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (21) / 5/13/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 186
College: LSU
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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

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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

Tyrann Mathieu exited Sunday's Week 14 game against the Rams with a left knee injury and will not return.

Mathieu was playing on special teams when he was injured. He made a tackle on Tavon Austin but got his left leg twisted up in the process. Mathieu was on the turf for a few minutes before walking off under his own power. Unfortunately, his knee buckled as he was leaving the field and needed a cart to take him to the locker room. Mathieu has been an elite defender as a rookie.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 06:31:00 PM

Tyrann Mathieu is now officially listed as the Cardinals starting free safety.

Mathieu started over Rashad Johnson and played every snap against the Falcons in Week 8. He was the NFL defensive rookie of the month in October and already has 59 tackles, two interceptions, one sack, one forced fumble and four tackles for a loss. In other words, the Cardinals got a steal by taking a gamble on the Honey Badger. The guy is an impressive playmaker.
Thu, Nov 7, 2013 08:14:00 AM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says rookie DB Tyrann Mathieu is "no doubt" big enough to play free safety full time.

Mathieu is only 5-foot-9 and 186 pounds. "No doubt," Arians said. "He plays bigger than he is and plays faster than he is." In Arizona's preseason opener, Mathieu registered a 12-yard sack, broke up a pass with a big hit, and returned a punt 24 yards. ESPN's Adam Schefter stated Tuesday that Mathieu "keeps making plays and right now looks to be one of the steals of the draft."
Mon, Aug 12, 2013 04:19:00 PM

One NFL scout told KTAR Arizona rookie DB Tyrann Mathieu is already "pound-for-pound" the Cardinals' best football player.

An offensive assistant added that "No. 32 (Mathieu's number) is going to change the team." Per radio personality Ron Wolfley, Mathieu's quick development has been "nothing short of stunning," and he's done it while learning four positions: Outside corner, slot corner, safety, and special teamer. Mathieu is truly a stud, and will make himself impossible for the Cardinals to keep off the field.
Mon, Aug 5, 2013 06:12:00 PM

Cardinals third-round DB Tyrann Mathieu is practicing at safety in base formations and slot corner in the nickel.

Mathieu mostly played slot corner at LSU, where he earned a reputation as the nation's most dominant ballhawk despite making just 14 starts. "He's learning how to play safety," coach Bruce Arians said. "He can cover sideline to sideline. He's shown the range, he's shown the speed to fill the alley, and I know he can tackle. He knows how to play nickel. He's played it his whole life." Mathieu is behind Yeremiah Bell at free safety.
Wed, Jul 31, 2013 08:14:00 AM

Carson Palmer compares third-round Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu to Troy Polamalu.

"He might not be the fastest guy out there, but he can change directions and get to the ball really fast, like Troy," Palmer said. Per King, Mathieu is "clearly at home" on the practice field, and making a strong impression in OTAs. For what Mathieu lacks in size (5-9, 186), he makes up for it in play-making ability.
Mon, Jun 10, 2013 10:21:00 AM

Third-round pick Tyrann Mathieu is already practicing with the Cardinals' first-team nickel defense at OTAs.

It's worth noting that Patrick Peterson isn't in attendance, and if he had been Mathieu may have been the No. 4 cornerback. For now, Mathieu is gobbling up valuable first-team reps. Mathieu is being cross-trained at free safety and slot corner. He's also likely to have a special teams impact as a rookie.
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 04:08:00 PM

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