Bruce Arians has Oct. 1 as target date for Tyrann Mathieu


The Cardinals wrapped up minicamp on Thursday, which means they’ll next hit the practice field at training camp.

There doesn’t appear to be any expectation that safety Tyrann Mathieu will be joining them for the first practices this summer. His rehab from a torn ACL is progressing, but General Manager Steve Keim only said “there’s a chance” that Mathieu would play in the opener.

Coach Bruce Arians seems to be preparing for an even longer absence than that. Arians told the team’s website that he’s targeting a date several weeks into the season for the return of both Mathieu and defensive tackle Alameda Ta’amu, who also tore his ACL last year.

“That’s strictly up to the doctors, trainers and them,” Arians said. “I’m not going to hurry them. We have plenty of time. If they aren’t ready for the first day of training camp — which I doubt anyway, because I’ve never thought that. I had Oct. 1, or after the [bye week] as the target date for me personally. If they do something better than that, God bless ‘em.”

The Cardinals’ bye falls in Week Four, which would mean the two players would miss three games if they were ready to go at that point.

12 responses to “Bruce Arians has Oct. 1 as target date for Tyrann Mathieu

  1. And one of those first 3 is away at Giant Stadium. Yes field turf is better these days but that is always scary after coming back from ACL.

  2. Arians is so freaking smart. Completely cover himself so he isn’t interfering and put the “I’m a competitor” motivation on them to beat that date.

  3. He tore his ACL and LCL and The Badger aint been linked to PED’s. The Yard Birds will be patiient. He is ready but it is best they take their time.

  4. Playing week 1 or not, I have been pleasantly surprised by Mathieu as a pro. Seems the young man has finally “got it” and I hope he can come back strong from his injury.

  5. As a football fan I really hope Honey Badger comes back – he was fun to watch. We need to appreciate players who are fun to watch.

  6. Good luck to a young man for his past battles with suicidal thoughts.

    I’m hopeful for a full recovery from all his ailments.

    Panthers fan.

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