Could Tyrann Mathieu be on the field for the Arizona Cardinals season opener against San Diego? That’s a question a lot of people are asking but only a handful could even remotely try to answer now in the first week of July.
Mathieu was quoted by Darren Urban on the team’s official website with this:
“It’s like when you are in elementary school and you wait all day for recess,” Mathieu said. “But you had been bad that morning and then teacher says you can’t play with the rest of the kids.”
Reports indicate Mathieu is back to his usual routine in the weight room and running at about two-thirds speed. He’s also cutting on the knee and is getting closer each day to resuming football activities. Even more impressive is that Mathieu was seen trying to help Tony Jefferson and Deone Bucannon in the 11-on-11 portions of practice.
It’s extremely impressive that Mathieu has been able to nearly complete a quick recovery from a torn ACL in December against St. Louis. It’s even more impressive that he’s contributing to the team despite the injury. It’s becoming more clear every day that Mathieu brought his talent for football with him from LSU and he’s leaving the off-field issues from there well in his rear view mirror.