The Arizona Cardinals received some very unfortunate news yesterday with defensive linemen, Darnell Dockett, tearing his ACL. It has been reported that he will be out for the entire season. It is always a tough pill to swallow when a player goes down for your team, especially when it is a veteran leader like Dockett.
To lighten things up a bit, though, the Cardinals may have some rather good news. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Arizona Cardinals are expected to active Mathieu from the PUP list and could begin practicing with the team shortly. It has even been mentioned Mathieu could be ready for the regular season opener.
Adam Schefter’s official tweet:
Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu, who tore ACL and LCL last Dec, will come off PUP Tuesday; now some optimism he will play in Arizona’s opener.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 18, 2014
The Cardinals have suffered some losses on the defensive end ever since last season rather if it has been through free agency, suspensions, or injuries. So, it is nice to have some brighter news for a team that has gone through a lot during the offseason.
Mathieu played extremely well for a rookie last season and we just need to hope he can return back to his old form following a severe knee injury. Some players are able to rebound well following a severe knee injury, like Adrian Peterson has done, and then there others who are just never the same.
It is all about how the player trains and how he has rehabilitated his knee during the recovery process. Here is to hoping Mathieu did what he needed to do (and more) during his recovery process.