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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