Tyrann Mathieu could return for Cardinals this weekend

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Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said that safety Tyrann Mathieu was “real close” to returning from his shoulder injury last week, but the team ultimately opted to rule him out against the 49ers in Week 10.

Mathieu has moved a bit closer to getting back on the field this week. Mathieu was a limited participant in practice all three days this week and has drawn a questionable designation for Sunday’s game against the Vikings.

Arians referred to Mathieu as a game-time decision on Friday, so their decision this week probably won’t become official until 90 minutes before kickoff in Minnesota. The Cardinals plan to have cornerback Patrick Peterson on Vikings wideout Stefon Diggs all day with Mathieu likely to be back in his slot role if he gets the green light to play.

Linebacker Deone Bucannon and cornerback Tharold Simon are also listed as questionable while defensive tackle Corey Peters is doubtful after missing practice all week.

4 responses to “Tyrann Mathieu could return for Cardinals this weekend

  1. Diggs lines up all over the place, including in the slot. If Peterson is going to follow Diggs around all day, does Mathieu bounce outside when Diggs is in the slot? Seems like an opportunity to get the defense confused.

  2. Well, here’s one Cards fan that has never talked crap about the Seahawks. Have liked Pete C. since his USC days and the Hawks do it consistently year in and year out. When it comes to the playoffs, we always root for the NFC West, regardless.

    Having said that, I wish Tyrann would just shut it down for the year. He hasn’t been the same player, just like two years ago when he came back early…great, he simply was no longer the impact he usually is.

    If he can’t impact until he is fully healed, and just risks further injury if he plays now (see his new shoulder injury for example ), I wish Arians had the good sense to protect the long-term investment they just made in the Honey Badger and sit him for the balance of the year.

  3. The Cardinals are two missed FGs away from being tied for first place. They need to improve the kicking game this offseason, as that is the only thing preventing them from being tied with the Seaturds at the moment.

    That being said, the Cards are only two games back and still get to play Seattle again, where Carson Palmer has won each time he has been healthy. But they absolutely need to win on Sunday.

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