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Tyrann Mathieu says he’s 6-8 weeks away from returning

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The Cardinals placed safety Tyann Mathieu on the Physically Unable to Perform list earlier this week, a procedural move that confirms he’s not ready to start practicing after last year’s torn ACL.

The team can remove the designation and allow Mathieu to practice at any point during camp, but it doesn’t sound like that’s imminent. And it might not happen at all.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that Mathieu said Friday that he thinks he is 6-8 weeks away from playing, a time frame that fits with coach Bruce Arians’ earlier comment that he wasn’t expecting to have Mathieu back before October 1.

The question for the Cardinals, then, will be whether they activate Mathieu from the PUP list at all or if they will have him remain on the list into the regular season. If they opt for the latter route, Mathieu will not be allowed to play or practice for the first six weeks of the season and the Cardinals could fill his roster spot with another player.

It’s premature to make any assumptions about which way they’ll go, but it is certainly a possibility if Mathieu is going to miss the first month of the season.

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16 Responses to “Tyrann Mathieu says he’s 6-8 weeks away from returning”
  1. aldavis4president says: Jul 25, 2014 5:54 PM

    Did anyone really think he was going to be back for the season opener??? Injury was a nasty one. Heal fast honey badger!!!

  2. fordmandalay says: Jul 25, 2014 6:10 PM

    The kid was real fun to watch. I sure hope he makes a full return.

  3. therealstrategist says: Jul 25, 2014 7:05 PM

    Don’t let others fool you, an acl tear is serious and difficult to recover from. He should come back when ready. I’d rather a player be at 100% and in less danger while maintaining the ability to play at a high level than a guy who’s injured and can’t make the necessary plays and further damages his body because he didn’t take the necessary time off. As a Raven fan I think it hurt Ed Reed down the stretch of his career.

  4. jayovalentine says: Jul 25, 2014 7:10 PM

    Pulling for this kid ! Glad he turned his life around.

  5. MostlyRight says: Jul 25, 2014 7:46 PM

    Great series on his recovery on the Cardinals website through it all. It was a lot more than an ACL injury and at the end of the season, but it’s good to see him already running around the practice facility. Needs to be patient and then once he’s ready go full bore and not let it get in his head.

  6. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Jul 25, 2014 8:10 PM

    He’ll stay out till he’s ready. Honey Badger don’t give a ****.

  7. nflgiant says: Jul 25, 2014 9:18 PM

    TToday is a good time for the first place in 5th grade

  8. rajbais says: Jul 25, 2014 10:02 PM

    And that’s why the Cards are not the 12th best team in the NFL.

    You need players to win. Mathieu is one of them.

  9. The Pittsburgh Steelers: God's Team says: Jul 25, 2014 11:00 PM

    This guy is a joke on stilts. There is a reason he was drafted in the 3rd. Everyone thought he was a steal. No, again, he is a joke. The Steelers were right. You were wrong.

  10. realitycheckbaby says: Jul 25, 2014 11:01 PM

    Kid would have been suspended for more games for his blunt burning than if he pushed his girl’s reset button.

    Goodell has issues.

  11. thevikingsarewherecareersend says: Jul 25, 2014 11:26 PM

    Haters keep talking because they habe nothing better to do. He hasn’t been in trouble but people find excuses to still bash him

  12. MostlyRight says: Jul 25, 2014 11:34 PM

    Steal of the draft, shame he got hurt.

  13. charlie2254 says: Jul 26, 2014 4:33 AM

    Turn down for what!

  14. veence69 says: Jul 26, 2014 6:39 AM

    This kid is fun to watch. I hope he makes a full recovery.

  15. bassplucker says: Jul 26, 2014 8:19 AM

    This is the type of situation where players who are prone to get into trouble, get into trouble. Honey Badger seems to have found his center (and a good support system) down in AZ. If he can make it through this rehab period without incident, that will say a lot and I like his chances going forward.

  16. tahnoonzee says: Jul 26, 2014 9:37 AM

    I think he’s afraid to play against the Chargers in the home opener.

    Go Bolts!

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