As July begins, Tyrann Mathieu is still working hard on rehab in his quest to get back on the field as quickly as he can. That message is clear in the latest episode of “Tenacious.” At this point, Mathieu figures he is about “60, 70 percent” running. He is back to his normal weight room routine. He has begun to do some cutting during his rehab, and assistant athletic trainer Chad Cook said Honey Badger is close to returning to football activities.
In fact, Mathieu said he is holding out hope that when training camp begins in less than a month, he will be able to don a helmet and shoulder pads and at least do individual drills with the rest of the defensive backs (allowing that he won’t be in 11-on-11 work right away.)
It’s been a long summer for Mathieu. He was out with the team daily during OTAs and minicamp, usually spending the first part rehabbing while the rest of the team practiced and then, for the last segment of every workout, coming over to watch 11-on-11 work and trying to “coach” fellow safeties Deone Bucannon and Tony Jefferson. Watching wasn’t easy.
“It’s like when you are in elementary school and you wait all day for recess,” Mathieu said. “But you had been bad that morning and then teacher says you can’t play with the rest of the kids.”
Mathieu had said at the beginning of this process it was the mental grind that he was most concerned about wearing him down. The season approaches. The next “Tenacious” probably will come as camp opens. Honey Badger is in the home stretch.
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