Mathieu mindset going forward

Posted by Darren Urban on December 11, 2013 – 8:22 am

A couple of things struck me while talking to Tyrann Mathieu yesterday (full story here) about his injured knee and his long road ahead: He continues to be very confident that his past off-field issues are going to be just that, in the past, even though he knows it’s an ongoing process. And he seems to understand that this rehab on his wrecked knee will be a long enough process that he will likely hit some frustrating times.

Mathieu said having sat out a season of football already somewhat preps him for this. But that absence was something of his own doing. This injury is not, and while he can work hard to come back, his body’s healing process isn’t really in his hands. He has to let it play out. Bruce Arians already said he would doubt Mathieu can come back for training camp. What if Mathieu has to wait longer? Next October, or next November even, having to work and wait while watching your teammates go on without you.

“He was crying,” Arians said of Mathieu’s immediate reaction. “He had never been injured. These guys, they get hurt for the first time and it’s devastating. To take away the thing he loves the most and works so hard for, he was devastated.”

Until Mathieu has his surgery, it’s impossible to know how long Mathieu will have to wait to get back on the field. He’ll do nothing for a period of time, then comes a long stretch of rehab.

I am sure it will take its toll on me as the months count down,” Mathieu said, and how the Honey Badger handles that might be the most important part of this comeback.

— In case you missed it this morning, linebacker John Abraham was named NFC defensive player of the week. Abraham was deserving of the award, although it could have gone to teammate Karlos Dansby just as easily.

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5 Responses to “Mathieu mindset going forward”

  1. By LadyBird04 on Dec 11, 2013 | Reply

    In one of the early interviews, I can’t remember which, Arians was asked about where Tyrann was going to be during his re-hab/recovery and Arians said something like, he’ll be here and he’ll be fine. Once he gets the surgery behind him is time enough to start deciding on where he’ll be located based on what re-hab he will be able to do until he can even put weight on his leg. During the season (and hopefully playoffs) the team will be around to support him but if he will remain in Phoenix after the team dispatches to their off-season homes/vacations etc. then it will be the real test of how he will cope without their support.

    He’ll need someone to drive him around to re-hab, doctor offices, groceries etc. Hope the Cardinals have something planned to help this “alone” time. He isn’t married and his “family and friends” from the New Orleans area weren’t the best support group in the past. He spent a good amount of time last year with Peterson’s family in Florida – is this a viable option if his re-hab could be located there instead of in Phoenix?

    While I want him to come back to the Cardinals next year, my first concern is for his continued growth and success as a man.

  2. By shane on Dec 11, 2013 | Reply

    the pro bowl ballot is all messed up … none of the cards players stats are updated and they have Nick Foles with 21 tds and 0 ints …. they need to update and fix this lol.

  3. By AzDesertRat1953 on Dec 11, 2013 | Reply

    Who knows, maybe Los will help him out. Karlos has all his people here in the Phoenix area. Either way I’ll bet the Cards, PP the Team and Michael Bidwill will help any way they can.

    Hang in there Tyrann, heal up and be well.

    GO CARDS!!!

  4. By Chuck 1 on Dec 11, 2013 | Reply


    Off topic, however, timely.

    How about writing a “human interest” and football history story about Orbian Johnson so that the fans will know more about him than just his name.
    Other articles about other members of the Practice Squad would enlighten us.
    I just looked at the Roster link on the website and don’t remember reading anything about almost all of the players.
    We know a lot about the Active players, but very little about the PS players.

  5. By ored on Dec 12, 2013 | Reply

    p/s players get theirs’ when they play regular season and they become “next man up”.

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