Tyrann Mathieu had a very good game Friday. Yet it was hard not to notice his hair issues over the last couple of days. Mathieu has a shaved head and is without a left eyebrow after rookie hazing. Clearly, it’s the missing eyebrow that weighs on him the most.
“Long story short, couple veterans took advantage of me,” Mathieu said. “Long story short.
“The deal going into it they would leave the mohawk. But once I sat down, the rules were out the window.”
Gone is the blond-colored hairdo Mathieu had in camp. That will eventually come back, he said. He really, really wants his eyebrow back though.
“I tried to disguise it,” he said. “I tried to wear a band-aid over my eyebrow, that doesn’t work. Tried to wear a hat low, can’t see where I’m going. Hopefully in the next week, my eyebrow comes back and I can be myself again.”
No one is paying too close of attention to his hair — or won’t — if he keeps playing the way he did in the preseason opener. His stat line was impressive.
“He was all over the field,” coach Bruce Arians said. “That’s the way he’s been practicing every day.”
Mathieu said his ultimate goal is the be the best player on the team. That’s the motivation. He’s getting a lot of hype right now, perhaps more than he should at this point. But it’s inevitable, given both his play and his story coming into this whole thing. Whatever Mathieu does, good or bad, will be a story. The Honey Badger isn’t going away.
“The expectations can never amount to mine,” Mathieu said. “I want to play a big role. Everybody always has something to say, whether it’s good or bad. I just leave it at that and do what I do best, which is play football.”
A reporter mentioned that people always want to say that “pound-for-pound” Mathieu is one of the most talented players out there. “I’ve never understood that,” Mathieu said. “What does that mean? That I’m the smallest guy? I guess it works for now.” That drew a chuckle from everyone — even Mathieu.
But the laughing fades when talking about the missing eyebrow. These are the issues Mathieu has to deal with.
“(The hair) will come back eventually,” Mathieu said. “I gotta wait for my eyebrow to come back first. It’s tough right now.”
— G Daryn Colledge (leg) was dressed out today but did not practice. The rest of the didn’t-practice list: TE Kory Sperry (ankle), TE Jeff King (knee), S Jonathon Amaya (knee), LB Alex Okafor (ankle), LB Karlos Dansby (hamstring), RB Ryan Williams (knee), RB Andre Ellington (neck), DT Ricky Lumpkin (ankle), DT Dan Williams (ankle) along with PUP list inhabitant LB Dan Giordano (toe).
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