Cardinals GM Steve Keim didn’t go to bed after the team landed around 4:30 a.m. from Philadelphia after their win Sunday night. And when he made his appearance on the “Doug and Wolf” Show on Arizona Sports 98.7 a little more than three hours later, there was no definitive answer yet on the status of safety Tyrann Mathieu and his right knee injury. (Mathieu hurt his left knee in 2013.)
Keim said Mathieu was undergoing an MRI Monday morning to determine the extent of the problem.
“We’ll keep our fingers crossed,” Keim said. “He’s such a valuable piece to this defense, this organization.”
UPDATE: Bruce Arians announced Monday Mathieu’s season is over after he tore his ACL.
Some other Keim thoughts:
— On the NFC West title, with a chance to clinch a first-round bye by beating the Packers in a week, I “just like the fact we control our own destiny.”
“It was nice to see a complete football game from our club” against the Eagles, Keim added.
— He said he was happy with the play of the offensive line. Keim thought it was one of the best games for right tackle Bobby Massie, he liked the aggressiveness of guard Mike Iupati, and he thought A.Q. Shipley played well in place of injured center Lyle Sendlein.
— As for the injured finger of QB Carson Palmer and the knee of RB David Johnson, Keim said both should be fine.
— Keim praised the play of newcomer D.J. Swearinger at safety. He also liked the games of ILB Deone Bucannon and DT Josh Mauro
“That’s what makes a team, when you have different guys step up each week,” he said.
— His biggest concern going forward? There was a mention of consistent pass rush, but the main thing comes as no surprise with the Mathieu situation hanging over the team’s collective head. “The ability to stay healthy through the process,” Keim said.
Tags: A.Q. Shipley, Bobby Massie, Carson Palmer, David Johnson, Deone Bucannon, Josh Mauro, Mike Iupati, Steve Keim, Tyrann Mathieu
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