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.