Tyrann Mathieu will tackle in practice this week


The Cardinals activated safety Tyrann Mathieu from the PUP list on August 19, leaving the date of his regular season debut as the biggest question left to answer in Mathieu’s return from a torn ACL.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he wanted to see Mathieu play in the preseason finale if he was going to face the Chargers on the first Monday night of the season. Mathieu didn’t play in that game, but Arians left the door open for Mathieu to play because the second-year man will take part in tackling drills during Arizona’s padded practice next week.

“I wasn’t kidding,” Arians said regarding his earlier comments about Mathieu playing in Week One. “We’ll see how he tackles, though.”

Mathieu is hopeful that Arians, General Manager Steve Keim and the medical staff will feel that he’s ready to hit the field, but Darren Urban of the team’s website marks himself down as “doubtful” that we’ll be seeing Mathieu against Philip Rivers and company. Even if he misses that game, it shouldn’t be too long before Mathieu is back in the Cardinals secondary.

5 responses to “Tyrann Mathieu will tackle in practice this week

  1. This secondary will be a lot of fun to watch this year.

    Bucannon flying all over the place in preseason, Peterson, Cromartie, Powers, and having Mathieu back.

  2. floratiotime says:
    And then get high.

    That’s the best you’ve got? I’m used to you being a huge D-bag – but so unoriginal…?

  3. Man I cannot wait to see Tyrann Mathieu back on the field . I think the only reason Mathieu didn’t play in the 4th pre-season game , is because the BA n GM S. Keim did not want to take the risk of one of their finest defenders getting injured. He just isn’t one of the Cardinals finest players , but is one the best FS/CB nickelbacks in the NFL. I personally think they will practice Mathieu hard this week and he plays in the season opener Vs SD. Even without him Arizona has sick depth though in their secondary. SS Tony Jefferson is a beast , FS Rashad Johnson is an excellent cover safety, and Jerraud Powers who was the teams #2CB last year is a borderline elite slot corner. Arizona also has 1st round pick Deone Buccannon who has been outstanding in pre-season play , Buccannon was a big time pickup . On the outside Arizona has 2 of the best man CBs in the NFL in Antonio Cromartie and arguably the leagues best CB in Patrick Peterson . Man their secondary reads like pro-bowl roster in the secondary.

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