The broken left thumb of safety Tyrann Mathieu leaves a lot in the air about Mathieu’s immediate future, coach Bruce Arians said Monday. Mathieu was at the doctor as Arians met with the media, and the checkup was to determine the best course of action going forward for the thumb. There is a chance Mathieu, in order to properly set it, will need a pin inserted. If that happens, Arians said, Mathieu would be out three weeks. But there is also a chance Mathieu will be able to cast it up and play.
Left tackle Jared Veldheer also sprained his ankle late in the Atlanta game. He never came out it is now something Veldheer has to deal with, and Arians did not know if that meant Veldheer could miss a game. Bradley Sowell would take Veldheer’s place if that happened. Starting right guard Paul Fanaika is also dealing with an ankle sprain, leaving his status up in the air. Running back Andre Ellington (hip pointer) will miss Wednesday’s practice, Arians said, and the Cards will go from there on his status.
But there is good news. Linebacker Matt Shaughnessy is coming back this week — he’s already been practicing — and will play Sunday, although Arians said the Cards will work him in and not just drop him in the lineup. And Arians said wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald should practice Wednesday coming back from his knee sprain.
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