Mathieu faces long rehab with torn ACL, LCL

Posted by Darren Urban on December 9, 2013 – 12:53 pm

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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25 Responses to “Mathieu faces long rehab with torn ACL, LCL”

  1. By Rugbymuffin on Dec 9, 2013 | Reply

    Throwing support Matheui’s way.

    Hope to see him about mid-way through next year !

  2. By joe.holst on Dec 9, 2013 | Reply

    3out of the top 4 draft picks have ended up on the IR. The 2nd rounder has been dinged up. That leaves the bottom half of the draft contributing, Ellington and S.Taylor. still should shape up a really good draft by this time next year.

  3. By BirdsSTC on Dec 9, 2013 | Reply

    The Red Sea is behind you Tyrann! I have had to personally come back from ACL/LCL tear along with a disintegrated meniscus, it’s tough but worth all the work. Rehab with the dedication and passion you play with and you will be just fine.

  4. By wather on Dec 9, 2013 | Reply

    FIRST COOPER NOW MATHEU. I blame the commissioner for his silly new rules.

  5. By ThisGuy on Dec 9, 2013 | Reply

    So sad to see this happen to you Tyrann. I wish you a speedy full recovery and look forward to seeing you fly around that field when you’re at 100% again. Stay focused and stay hungry.

  6. By Rich on Dec 9, 2013 | Reply

    good kid………….

  7. By Corgon on Dec 9, 2013 | Reply

    I Wish him full recovery!

  8. By garthurdavis on Dec 9, 2013 | Reply

    May God be with you through this detour in your life. Tyrann, you have already won your biggest battle in order to become the quality professional player you are. Overcoming this will give you even more strength for your journey in life. I am sure Patrick and family will be with you all the way. There is so much support for you. Reach out to Adrian Peterson for support and guidance through your rehab. Nobody believed he would get back so soon. He knows how to overcome tragedy in his life also, and like you, he is a good man. Best to you from, and old guy down on the Texas coast, a LSU fan, and “Honey Badger” believer for a long time now ! ! !

  9. By Eric G on Dec 9, 2013 | Reply

    Honey Badger don’t care about no torn ACL or LCL.

    Now the honey badger is going to be off the field for a few months, and then it’s going to get right back up and start eating up offenses all over again, because it’s a hungry little bastard.

    Look at this! Like nothing happened! The honey badger gets right back up and continues eating up offenses.

    It looked nasty and the fact that he got up and tried to run off the field says a lot about his toughness. We wish you a healthy recovery TM, see you next year.

  10. By TRUEAZFAN on Dec 9, 2013 | Reply

    THIS STINKS. From where I sit on the 20-yard line I saw what happened, 4 Rams players jumping on top of an already down Mathieu. Took 4 because he is so TOUGH. Makes me mad every time I replay it in my mind. Will be praying and wishing you luck HONEY BADGER. You are one of the top exciting reasons to watch football, and I will be looking forward to seeing your skillset improve once you have healed. You can only go UP now. GAME ON.

  11. By Maurizio Cavagna on Dec 9, 2013 | Reply

    Sad for you Honey Badger; my best wishes for a bright return and a long career.

  12. By LadyBird04 on Dec 9, 2013 | Reply

    Best Wishes and prayers for a quick recovery and re-hab. Tyrann – use the strength you’ve developed this year; use the strength of your teammates and positive friends and KNOW you have the RED SEA wishing the same for you!

  13. By Canadian Redbird on Dec 9, 2013 | Reply

    Pound for pound, he is tougher than any player in football. I know its ” the next man up philosophy, however he will be sorely missed. Isn’t it a coincidence that Austin pulled off his one and only long gain, once the Honey Badger was on the sidelines. For the past 3 weeks, Austin had been tearing it up with his long receptions, punt returns etc. Tyrann took away that game breaking ability that Austin brings to the field. I guess thats what good players do. He could very well have earned the defensive rookie of the year honor. Get well Tyrann !!! great to have you as a red bird.

  14. By cardsalltheway on Dec 9, 2013 | Reply


    Are you talking about our 2013 draft class?

    I think it was first Ryan Swope, then Cooper, followed by Okafor, the release of D.C. Jefferson(TE, our last draft pick), and now Matheu. Earl Watford is a constant IA, Minter has had hamstring problems but is now getting special teams play, Stepfan Taylor gets a few carries once in a while. So, it’s all up to Andre Ellington now!

  15. By Ditship on Dec 9, 2013 | Reply

    When that play happened you couldn’t tell on TV right away that anything was wrong.. the high angle masked the injury. They focused initially on Bowles and I was wondering “Why does he look so upset, his D is rocking it” and then they announced the injury and showed the reply and I knew it was bad. I don’t know how ANY Cards fan couldn’t be 100% behind the Mathieu at this point. Love this guy and can’t wait to see him killing offenses again next year. He’ll be there.

  16. By Kevin S Mesa on Dec 9, 2013 | Reply

    Cardsalltheway —

    Are you implying that Keim was supposed to know that Cooper’s leg would be rolled on in a preseason game, breaking his leg? Or that Mathieu would tear his ACL and LCL trying to extend the play on a punt return?

    If you want to find fault with the team for drafting a guy like Swope with a concussion history, OK. But don’t act like it was a poor draft class because guys with no injury history got some really tough breaks. If you draft Greg Oden ahead of Kevin Durant, that’s on you for taking a chance on a guy with an injury history. But when the guy has his leg broken because he’s upfield trying to find someone to block, you give him props for being there trying to help his team (most linemen would’ve already considered their job over on that play); you don’t imply he was a busted pick.

  17. By rod on Dec 9, 2013 | Reply

    We’re all pulling for you kiddo ! we’ll be waiting for you…

  18. By georgiebird on Dec 9, 2013 | Reply

    Considering the round drafted, Tyrann was probably the best draft choice of 2013.

  19. By Andy Kw on Dec 9, 2013 | Reply

    Tyrann Mathieu, all of our prayers go to you man. You re-energized this defense and made it one of the best. Your passion for the game is just amazing. Next season, we know that you will be there. I know that you will be in the first game of the season next year. You’re the best defensive player that came out of the 2013 NFL Draft. I just haven’t seen a person with so much pride in the game. We, Arizona Cardinals fans, will be with you every step of the way.

  20. By Bay Area Bad Boy on Dec 9, 2013 | Reply

    Easily my favorite Cardinal this year. My heart goes out to the kid. Good luck Tyrann and a speedy recovery. You are a tough kid with a good soul. I believe in you and I think the rest of the Cardinal Nation believe in you as well. Watching you mature and put all of the negative things behind you just shows what great character you have. You will get through this and you will come back to dominate.

  21. By Dr. G. on Dec 9, 2013 | Reply

    Happy trails on your rehab, Tyrann. With what we know about your work ethic since you arrived, September, 2014 will be your target date to suit up. The docs can fix you up good-as-new or better. Hang with the positive guys, and you will do better that average for this bump in the road….

  22. By Big Ken on Dec 10, 2013 | Reply

    He’s just one player and a rookie at that. We have a whole roster of good players looking to step up. Plus a kind of a tune-up game coming with the Titans. Go Cards!

  23. By Andy Kw on Dec 10, 2013 | Reply

    The Dallas Cowboys lost so there are many teams behind us right now at 7-6. Our playoff chances are still alive!!!! If the Carolina Panthers go 1-2 down the stretch, they will be 10-6. If the San Francisco 49ers lose at least 1 game, our hopes will be stronger. The only way our team will make the playoffs is if we win at least 2 games and that the wild card holders right now falter the way I said. Our team is good so I know that a 10-6 record is likely. The Titans have a really good secondary but our offense has been through a lot worse and performed well. If we can pull off 2 wins in our last 3 games (Titans, Seahawks, or 49ers), our playoff hopes are definitely going to be strong. Hopefully, no other teams pop out of nowhere.

  24. By Scott H on Dec 10, 2013 | Reply

    Wow…what a lousy blow for a kid who was poling as well as he was AND for a story as great as his is.He looks like he has himself together, for real. And if that holds up, I think the Cardinals got THE best player available in the 2013 draft. Dude, we are looking forward to next year, too! Get that rehab started and get yourself right.

  25. By Dave Chaney on Dec 10, 2013 | Reply

    Made me very sad to hear about the extent of Tyrann’s knee injury. All of the adversity he has overcome, to the point of being named to the Pro Bowl as well as being named Rookie of the Year and then to have this happen is just terrible. However, great athletes have the ability to fight back through circumstances like this and I’m confident that Tyrann will do the same. Mizzou running back Henry Josey had a terrible knee injury also (doctors had said he may never walk again, it was that bad) and he proved it’s possible to come all the way back and be a great player. Good luck and best wishes to you in your recovery Tyrann.

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