Coach Bruce Arians confirmed multiple reports already floating out there that rookie safety Tyrann Mathieu not only tore his ACL but also his LCL when he was hurt Sunday. That means Mathieu is not only out for the final three games, but his status for the beginning of the 2014 season now has to be in doubt. Arians said he didn’t expect Mathieu to be back for training camp, and adding in the LCL tear along with the ACL definitely complicates the situation.
Normally surgery comes 8-to-10 days after such an injury, and after that Mathieu will begin his rehab process.
“He’ll have the ACL and LCL repair, and too many other ‘L’s for me to get into,” Arians said. “It’s a shame.”
Arians stressed the comeback timeline is different for different people, but did say “this will be a long one.” Rashad Johnson will go back to starting safety. Antoine Cason, Bryan McCann and Javier Arenas can help fill in. But all those guys will have to be subbed in and out, unlike Mathieu, who could play all the time.
“You tell him to keep his head up,” Arians said. “This has happened to a lot of guys. He’s got a bright, bright future. Just right now, he has to work hard to get his leg back.” Arians also said he doesn’t worry about Mathieu even with Mathieu’s backstory. “He can handle this,” Arians said.
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