Starting free safety Rashad Johnson suffered a “mild” MCL sprain and ankle sprain breaking up a pass at the end of Monday’s practice and is day-to-day. He probably isn’t going to be available to play Saturday against Dallas, so that means rookie Tyrann Mathieu will get the start in his place when the Cowboys visit. More on that on the homepage in a bit, but Mathieu is looking forward to it.
“It just gives me an opportunity to go help my team,” Mathieu said. “Of course I wish Rashad a speedy recovery because he was one of those guys who showed me the ropes from a safety standpoint. But it gives me the opportunity to go out there and be there for my teammates.”
– Also, linebacker Daryl Washington indeed was/is in New York to talk to the league about his suspension. He is on his way back now. The hope was that whatever talking Washington does could possibly lead to a shortening of his four-game suspension. “Whether or not anything comes of it, we’ll see,” coach Bruce Arians said.
Arians praised Washington’s work in training camp though, noting a recent one-handed interception. Arians had previously talked about how important the preseason was for Washington, since he will not only miss games but a month’s worth of practices if his suspension stays as is.
“Daryl has been playing lights out,” Arians said. “He’s probably the second-most dynamic player in practice to Tyrann as far as interceptions and getting balls out. His rare athleticism and speed sets him apart. He’s been practicing hard, got a smile on his face and is doing everything asked of him. He knows where he stands.”
– Arians was asked if he had an update on the status of RB Ryan Williams and when he might return. “I have no idea,” Arians said. “I have no absolutely no idea.”
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