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

AP

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.

16 responses to “Tyrann Mathieu says he’s 6-8 weeks away from returning

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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