Patrick Peterson admitted it was hard watching his close friend Tyrann Mathieu go down with a harsh knee injury. And it hasn’t escaped Peterson’s attention that it happened during essentially a punt return. But the Pro Bowl cornerback said that does not give him pause with his own job as punt returner.
“Not really. In the back of my mind it lingers, but at the end of the day, I have to play full speed,” Peterson said. “If (an injury) happens it happens. I can’t be out there playing scared, playing not to get hurt, because that’s when you get hurt. I want to continue playing fast, continue to protect myself at all times and continue making plays for this team.”
Peterson did say he wants to help Mathieu get through this time in his career while Mathieu rehabs.
“As a big brother I just want to make sure he is mentally prepared, make sure he is not getting into a slump, make sure his energy level is still there,” Peterson said. “Because I know all he loves is to be around us, be around the football team.”
— Coach Bruce Arians said wide receiver Michael Floyd isn’t practicing today because of his sore ankle. I’d imagine that’s going to be a precautionary thing at this point, and that Floyd will be back Thursday in some sort of practicing capacity. Tight end Rob Housler also hurt his groin in the St. Louis game, so that could affect his status. Carson Palmer is going to try and throw in practice.
— Arians had some good quips today, but I enjoyed the one after he was asked what kind of attributes he was looking for in a nickel cornerback that would be replacing Tyrann Mathieu. “Tyrann’s,” Arians deadpanned.
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