Don’t put six-to-nine on Mathieu

Posted by Darren Urban on January 16, 2014 – 3:48 pm

When Tyrann Mathieu tore his ACL and LCL Dec. 8, it was clear he was in for a long rehab process — even the Honey Badger knew that. How long was long, however, was anyone’s guess. General Manager Steve Keim said the initial thought from the Cardinals’ medical staff was a six-to-nine month comeback. Keim, looking at the kind of person Mathieu is, isn’t about to rule out Mathieu returning sooner rather than later.

“Tyrann is not the type of player you put a time limitation on,” Keim said. “He is so passionate, so hungry and is definitely a different type of player than most guys. His toughness, his intensity he brings every day is completely different than a lot of guys I have seen come in the building. To put a timetable on Tyrann I think is wrong. He’d be back for the season if I had to bet on it.”

It’s so early in the process. Mathieu had his surgery Dec. 13, and said the day before he was hoping to have an Adrian Peterson-like comeback next season. While tearing an ACL isn’t as career-threatening as it once was, it still isn’t an easy road to travel. Even Mathieu acknolwedged that (plus, Badger had the LCL problem on top of it.) Robert Griffin III played all season after tearing his ACL late in the 2012 season, but he never really looked right and who knows how much of that had to do with his knee?

Six months for Mathieu would be June 13. Nine months would be September 13. Those dates should be considered more for context than actual targets. Mathieu will be back when he is back. The Cardinals, with a player who is only 21, aren’t going to rush things. But Keim left no doubt he has belief Mathieu will work hard to get back on the field.

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8 Responses to “Don’t put six-to-nine on Mathieu”

  1. By azjam on Jan 16, 2014 | Reply

    Nice video. Looking forward to next season and Tyrann’s return.

  2. By ored on Jan 16, 2014 | Reply

    hope we get a dynamic safety to play alongside and another drc type cb,teams won’t be able to run or pass effectivley,if keim stays the course and this was’nt a fluke…look out.

    knowing the offensive scheme,returning injured players,a winners minset,and probably not the schedule from hell,we should be at least couple of games better coming season.hard to remember a time as exciting as this,even free agency is exciting since we have been signing pieces that fit,and at bargain prices.the draft is always something to look forward to,but now it seems each round makes us better even if it does’nt feel that way,when a player does’nt see action because of injury or los’ play this year,then we have the next year to look forward to,just like an extra draft pick. also just feels like a great group of guys,sure they make an occasional mistake,what you expect when 20 yr.olds become millionaires overnight,but don’t seem to be knuckleheads,they wanna win.

  3. By georgiebird on Jan 16, 2014 | Reply

    Tyrann is the “heart and soul” of the defense. He is a play maker without equal on the Cards defense. TM’s recovery time will be as important as the #1 draft choice- he’s that good. To minimize his date of return is a mistake.
    Also, the Cards schedule is very difficult next year. In the non-division games, every opponent is expected to improve over their 2013 performance except for the Chiefs and Denver should be as good. The time to play the NFC East and Atlanta and Detroit (as we did) was in 2013. Playing those teams in 2014 will not be easy- they are teams with great traditions that don’t like losing.
    I will sign up for 10-6 in 2014- It breaks down to a very respectable 3-3 in our division and then 7-3 out of division- that would be another outstanding year.
    On the other hand, wearing rose colored glasses, we could go 16-0.

  4. By Eazy E on Jan 17, 2014 | Reply

    I loved him every since I saw him at LSU highlights and full games. His attitude change is amazing and I hope he can keep it up and I believe in him. He had a great season switching positions and playing so many positions. I hope he still wins DROY. FS,CB,NCB,DCB, and overall DB of the future!

  5. By hummer53 on Jan 17, 2014 | Reply

    June 13th is right around the Fan Fest at UOP. Remember when Ryan Williams got in some 11×11 scrimmage runs a couple of years ago after his rehab of his knee at the Fan Fest. He was so happy. So he came back physically but still has struggled mentally. I have no doubt that Tyrann will be back by late summer and wouldn’t be surprised to see him for a few plays in the last couple Pre-season. games.

  6. By jasonc on Jan 17, 2014 | Reply


    I think you’re wearing Dynosoars glasses! It is good to see you in a positive mood sir, I hope your day continues to go well.

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