Tyrann Mathieu isn’t the only Cardinals trying to come back from torn knee ligaments, even if he normally has the spotlight.
“That’s how we big dudes always are,” nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu said with a grin. “We do all the dirty work and the skinny guys get all the glory.”
Ta’amu is also coming off of ACL surgery in his right knee. He didn’t have the comprehensive damage of Mathieu, but his injury did occur in the season finale on Dec. 29. That wasn’t that long ago. Ta’amu is already running in 100-yard increments, however, and is confident in his return just a few months after his surgery.
“An ACL (injury) is like an ankle sprain now in the NFL,” Ta’amu said. “We’ve got good doctors. I believe in our trainers. It’s good that I’m running.”
At 6-foot-3 and 348 pounds, Ta’amu has to make sure his knee can hold up not only to the pounding of playing the interior line but also to his own mass. He’s an important cog to the Cardinals. He teamed well with starter Dan Williams, a waiver claim at the end of training camp that proved to be a perfect fit. Working on a one-year tender offer, Ta’amu is hoping to build on what he showed last year and be a long-term piece for the Cardinals. First he has to get on the field.
Ta’amu isn’t sure of a timetable. It may be more out of a desire to return more than any medical certainty, but he holds out hope he can return by the season opener, and for now leaves the door open that he might even be able to come back at some point in training camp. It would be an incredibly fast recovery, but he won’t close that door.
“I always figured this was just an obstacle I’d overcome,” Ta’amu said. “And I’m doing pretty good.”
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