It’s clear by the new episode of “Tenacious” that posted today that Tyrann Mathieu is doing well in rehab. It doesn’t seem that long ago his shredded knee needed surgery and now he’s back on the field jogging. He’s full of optimism, and that’s no surprise for a kid who thirsts to get back playing as soon as humanly possible. His tweet Wednesday night oozed excitement.
— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) May 1, 2014
But that flashing yellow light you see is a big, fat caution. Even Mathieu acknowledged, when I asked him about the tweet, that everyone wants to make sure he doesn’t get too far ahead of himself. And in the end, that will be one of the biggest storylines surrounding the Honey Badger’s comeback. Mathieu is indeed tenacious. He may have to be protected from himself. There is a reason Bruce Arians has said he expects Mathieu to start on the physically unable to perform list, why the Cardinals have been careful to not set any timetable for Mathieu’s return. The team is going to be smart. Do they want Honey Badger on the field? Of course. But he doesn’t even turn 22 until later this month. He’s got a bright, bright future ahead. In the grand scheme of things, not having him for a handful of games at the outset of the 2014 season isn’t worth any risks.
I am in Steve Keim’s camp, that I wouldn’t bet against Mathieu being the type of guy who can defy the odds. It would kind of fit in his Cardinals’ career already. But it’s a long way from jogging in a straight line to playing defensive back in an NFL game. Mathieu can be a special player. He’s got to be healthy to reach those heights.
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