Injury doesn’t give Peterson pause

Posted by Darren Urban on December 11, 2013 – 1:25 pm

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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6 Responses to “Injury doesn’t give Peterson pause”

  1. By Mike G on Dec 11, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Darren–Hope all is cool in Cardinal land. Ashame what happened to Mathieu with the injury but I think he will recover–he seems to be in a good spot right now with the team. They seem to have taken a liken to him which I think will make him mentally tougher. Big win against the Rams–hopefully they can carry it over against the Titans on the road. The team is playing well right now. I think the key to this game is going to be just like the others–you can’t turn the ball over. If anything they took from the Eagle game it is that. I hope they can start fast and put pressure on the Titans. Happy Abraham received Def-Player-Week!!!! Hey Darren –I’m really surprised Abraham has flourished like he has with his 11 sacks. I kind of thought the less snaps he played the better production he would have given his age. I did not think he was an every down player anymore at age 35. Are you surprised as well??????

  2. By Darren Urban on Dec 11, 2013 | Reply

    Mike G —

    RE: Abraham

    He said he expected to get 10 sacks. I had no reason to doubt him.

  3. By jim robinson on Dec 11, 2013 | Reply

    have the last two home games been sold out? why did you stop posting on your blog sell outs?

  4. By Darren Urban on Dec 11, 2013 | Reply

    Jim Robinson —

    RE: Sellouts

    It has been listed in notebooks on the homepage. I have also made a mention of it on Twitter.

  5. By Big Ken on Dec 11, 2013 | Reply

    I wonder if we will see Patrick Peterson on offense this Sunday? It’s been awhile.

  6. By ored on Dec 12, 2013 | Reply

    hopefully now that the offense is starting to roll, we won’t need Peterson on offense.

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