Arizona Cardinals’ Tyrann Mathieu to Tackle in Practice this Week


Aug 24, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals injured safety Tyrann Mathieu against the Cincinnati Bengals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals’ premier safety, Tyrann Mathieu, has been working his way back from a severe knee injury from last season. Apparently, Mathieu has been making progress as he was taken off the team’s PUP list a couple of weeks ago meaning Mathieu is eligible to begin practicing and playing in games.

Cardinals’ head coach, Bruce Arians, told reporters last week that Mathieu had to play in the final preseason game in order to play in week one of the regular season.

When asked if Arians would stay true to his word he responded, “I wasn’t kidding.” Then Arians would partially leave the door open by saying, “We’ll see how he tackles, though.”

So Mathieu may or may not play in the first game of the regular season against the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football. Nobody knows (including Bruce Arians).

It is promising to hear Mathieu will be tackling in practice this week. This should mean Mathieu is, at the latest, a couple weeks away from starting at safety again for the Arizona Cardinals after having a tremendous rookie season.

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