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Bruce Arians: Tyrann Mathieu could come off PUP next week

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When safety Tyrann Mathieu said last week that he hoped to start practicing in the next few weeks, he was asked if he’d shared his feelings with Cardinals coach Bruce Arians.

Mathieu said that he didn’t think Arians took him seriously, but he didn’t stop trying to convince the coach. Darren Urban of the team’s website reports that Mathieu said Tuesday that he’s continued pressing Arians, “but in a very polite way.”

They say you catch more flies with honey than vinegar and it seems to be paying off for the man nicknamed Honey Badger. Arians said Tuesday that Mathieu was getting close to coming off the PUP list and that he could be activated as soon as next week. That would leave Mathieu a few weeks to practice with the team before they’d have to make a determination about whether his torn ACL has healed enough for him to play in Week One.

If they do activate him and lose the option of transferring him to the regular season version of the PUP list, Mathieu should play early in the season even if he doesn’t get the call for the opener. Arians said that defensive tackle Alameda Ta’amu may also come off the PUP list next week, which would leave the Cardinals defense at full strength if John Abraham also decides to report to camp.

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11 Responses to “Bruce Arians: Tyrann Mathieu could come off PUP next week”
  1. jirashon says: Aug 12, 2014 3:23 PM

    Super Bowl champs in the making.

  2. jeffnfl says: Aug 12, 2014 3:32 PM

    Wow, Cardinals secondary is going to be a sight to see this year.
    Peterson, Cromartie, Mathieu, Bucannon, Powers.

    No Fly Zone.

  3. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 12, 2014 3:44 PM

    NFL retirement home. 4-12.

  4. Deb says: Aug 12, 2014 3:45 PM

    Mathieu is the posterchild for what can be achieved through tenacity. Hope to see him fully recovered and on the field when the season starts.

  5. snowbake says: Aug 12, 2014 4:09 PM

    Met him couple times around PHX, appears to be a nice, humble kid. Hope he stays on the right road and has a great year and career.

  6. whoisgregtoler says: Aug 12, 2014 4:20 PM

    First victims of Bird gang, the Chargers. Pure domination.

  7. bassplucker says: Aug 12, 2014 4:21 PM

    Still can’t believe they have Honey Badger playing safety. He’s so small that I don’t see how he’ll hold up for very long. But I guess if they just let him freestyle on the ball and let Bucannon handle all the heavy hitting, it could work.

  8. dwoofer says: Aug 12, 2014 4:23 PM

    Just don’t play in a preseason game, or you might have Chargers intentionally flopping on your legs after the play is over.

  9. pats1944 says: Aug 12, 2014 4:41 PM

    Great headline. Here’s a better one. could become an all pro…

  10. noflyzoneaz says: Aug 12, 2014 5:00 PM

    Can’t wait to see this!!! Most dangerous secondary in the NFL!!!

  11. pittsburghdamned says: Aug 12, 2014 8:25 PM

    That should decrease his chances of robbing a convenience store- though it’ll happen eventually.

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