Keim: “Fingers crossed” for Mathieu UPDATE

Posted by Darren Urban on December 21, 2015 – 8:13 am

Cardinals GM Steve Keim didn’t go to bed after the team landed around 4:30 a.m. from Philadelphia after their win Sunday night. And when he made his appearance on the “Doug and Wolf” Show on Arizona Sports 98.7 a little more than three hours later, there was no definitive answer yet on the status of safety Tyrann Mathieu and his right knee injury. (Mathieu hurt his left knee in 2013.)

Keim said Mathieu was undergoing an MRI Monday morning to determine the extent of the problem.

“We’ll keep our fingers crossed,” Keim said. “He’s such a valuable piece to this defense, this organization.”

UPDATE: Bruce Arians announced Monday Mathieu’s season is over after he tore his ACL.

Some other Keim thoughts:

— On the NFC West title, with a chance to clinch a first-round bye by beating the Packers in a week, I “just like the fact we control our own destiny.”

“It was nice to see a complete football game from our club” against the Eagles, Keim added.

— He said he was happy with the play of the offensive line. Keim thought it was one of the best games for right tackle Bobby Massie, he liked the aggressiveness of guard Mike Iupati, and he thought A.Q. Shipley played well in place of injured center Lyle Sendlein.

— As for the injured finger of QB Carson Palmer and the knee of RB David Johnson, Keim said both should be fine.

— Keim praised the play of newcomer D.J. Swearinger at safety. He also liked the games of ILB Deone Bucannon and DT Josh Mauro

“That’s what makes a team, when you have different guys step up each week,” he said.

— His biggest concern going forward? There was a mention of consistent pass rush, but the main thing comes as no surprise with the Mathieu situation hanging over the team’s collective head. “The ability to stay healthy through the process,” Keim said.


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  1. By Scott H on Dec 21, 2015 | Reply

    Ugh, such a shame to go right from the joy of winning a game like we did last night ( and it was no small thing that the Cardinals were so dominant in a game played in the east ) and winning a division to having to sweat the pending results of the MRI for a key player. And key player is an understatement. Shy of PP, I don’t know that the loss of any single player on this defense would be more devastating than the Honey Badger.

    But…what will be will be. Getting back to the enjoyment, I cannot get over how awesome DJ is looking at this point. He is SO smooth and SO patient in the way he runs. At times, I almost feel like he is moving too slow! Like I want to see him hitting the holes faster and with more steam. But so many of his runs last night were the kind of runs you might not expect from a first year RB. For those who may remember how hard I was pushing for the team to pursue a trade for AP during the off-season….what can I say other than this front office knows what it is doing. I am thrilled with how good DJ looks. And the FA additions to this O-line the last two off-seasons are truly paying the bills.

    I was VERY glad to see the defense put a score of their own on the board last night. Seems like too long since we had one. Going in, I was thinking that this game would be a great time for a defensive or ST score. We didn’t NEED it as much as we might have against the Vikings, but….no way to schedule these things. And it couldn’t have happened for a better player than Bucannon.

    As much as I have been very ANTI Cris Collinsworth for the last several years ( since he referred to the 2008 Cardinals as the worst team in the history of the playoffs ), I have to say he clearly seems impressed with this team and he was saying plenty to that effect last night. There may be hope for him yet!

    I am hoping that John Brown got the drops out of his system last night. Good lord. They should have had a TD on that first play last night. He could not have been more open behind the defense and Palmer could not have thrown the pass any better. HOW does he miss that one??? I swear, the TD catch he DID make should have been his THIRD TD of the night. Shake it off, Smoky.

    Am so worried about what this MRI is going to tell us…..

  2. By lacardinalsfan on Dec 21, 2015 | Reply

    D Urb…How long until we find out about the MRI results? I keep refreshing the home page and have to try and get some work done today.

    Just wondering if there is a general time I should check back in.

  3. By Darren Urban on Dec 21, 2015 | Reply

    All —

    RE: Mathieu

    As you I’m sure have seen, Mathieu is done for the year.

  4. By drblogubc on Dec 21, 2015 | Reply

    Excellent win by the Cards last night! It will be fun to have at least one playoff game at home. Several areas of progress last night, notably third down conversions and of course the amazing game by David Johnson. Keim has pinpointed the major weakness, in my opinion, one that has gradually become worse towards the end of the season – the inconsistent pass rush. In three of the last four games opposing teams have put up more net yardage than the explosive Cards offence. Blaine Gabbert, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford all threw for more yards than Carson Palmer. And while many are calling last night’s game a blowout, it would have been another nail biter without the first three turnovers. I don’t think the Packers, Seahawks or Panthers will be as generous in turning the ball over on fumbles and interceptions. Cards will have to continue lighting it up on offence in each game from now on and that means receivers hanging on to the ball. Hopefully last night was a one-off in that department. Go Cards!

  5. By Steve on Dec 21, 2015 | Reply

    With Mathieu you hope it’s just a strain of the knee and not a tear but even if it’s just an MCL or PCL strain, he probably will have to miss the last two games of the regular season. I think the Cards have the depth to compensate but the secondary will suffer a bit without the Honey Badger back there.

  6. By DTL on Dec 21, 2015 | Reply

    Heady days in Arizona (but releived when clcok ran out last night and we escaped with more injury):
    1. Wish they’d stop talking about all the win records etc, BA has shown this is a new era, new normal;
    2. CP our leader “we are better than Philly, we did what we expected to do, nothing more”;
    3. “If they keep it up awards:” David Johnson for Mayor, CP for Governor (wins SB, and its POTUS);
    4. Tyran plays beyond his physical ability, knew to get down this injury compared to last, maybe it helped too…prayers, love that guy;
    5. Center Controversy: AQ dang rood run blocker, but gave up that sack on Carson, chicken or the egg at C?
    Noticed fewer double teams, Tackle zone run blocking, bam +200 yards from the run. Admit, Phil D line not so good, still like scheme better if can live with AQ pass blcok issue.

  7. By John M on Dec 21, 2015 | Reply

    Mathieu out is a killer… Impossible to replace him, but do we move Bucannon to safety again, activate a practice squader, or go get a free agent like LaRon Landry?

  8. By Jahstone on Dec 21, 2015 | Reply

    Wow! Can we get a break…I am taking this way back in history to say, Piss off Pottsville, PA. Enough with your stupid curse. The NFL awarded us the 1947 NFL Championship, take it up with them. You broke rules, and we got the trophy. (Ironic that Honey Badger got hurt in PA)

    Now that that’s off my chest…The mountain just got harder to climb. We have paid our dues the past two seasons, and it’s time for our full lineup to take us to the next level. We worked too hard, now let’s get it!!!

  9. By jme on Dec 21, 2015 | Reply

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO SO SAD!!! Badger your the BEST!!!

  10. By CreditCard on Dec 21, 2015 | Reply

    Bummer for Tyrann Mathieu. Cards lose a great player — I’m sure Tyrann will be helping out (coaching) Powers, Bethal, and Swearinger through the rest of the season.

    Odd, on how a reconstructed ACL’s are now lasting longer than the original ACLs. Miracles of modern medicine.

    I’m wondering how if Mathieu will be ready to play by the time preseason starts next year. I am in hopes the Cards are generous to Mathieu upon contract renewal this coming off season.

  11. By DTL on Dec 21, 2015 | Reply

    Sorry about typo above, as we all know, we didn’t escape with no more injuries. Heard Coach say Jaraud moves inside, Swearinger and Bethel capable; as long as get Rashad back, we’re ok. Corey White had tackling issues 2 games ago, wondering about him…
    Lets Win SB for the Honey Badger. Go Cards.

  12. By Eric G on Dec 21, 2015 | Reply

    There are not enough curse words in the world to express how I feel right now. Get well again Honey Badger.

  13. By Scott H on Dec 21, 2015 | Reply

    ARGH. This hurts. Replacing the HB is not about just replacing a very good player, it is about trying to replace a UNIQUE player. There really is no substitute for the kind of player he is. Making adjustments to be without him is going to have to involve changing the way we play defense. To some extent, anyway.

  14. By Dr. G. on Dec 21, 2015 | Reply

    Darren, Is this MRI definitive…with only one tear? Any mention of other damage?

    If I remember, 2013 was 2 tears and he worked hard to recuperate…

    He is still our Defense MVP this year, regardless….later

  15. By Darren Urban on Dec 21, 2015 | Reply

    Dr. G —

    RE: Mathieu

    No idea what the timetable to return is right now.

  16. By Dr. G. on Dec 21, 2015 | Reply

    Just sick on this news….

    We have other backs on this team that have similar athletic ability to Tyrann, but they need to see a film with compilation of how to “”play with HEART.”” This young man has HEART…I hope now that it becomes contagious.

    Next man with HEART, step up…This is a team, not a bunch of individuals…still optimistic to finish in February….Go Cards. Now you have another reason to step it up and git it on….later….

  17. By TucsonTim on Dec 21, 2015 | Reply

    Sometimes during the home games I would just watch him. The energy, the instincts, the aggression and most of all the courage, a real life David against Goliaths

    Anxious, I checked the internet all day and when the news came out I was profoundly sad. When I saw BA choke up a bit, I got a little teary eyed too. So much more than a game this sport.

    Prayers for a speedy recovery Mr. Mathieu

    These are the new Cardinals. Take a moment to grieve for your fallen comrade; then every man step up and avenge his loss. Win! This is your time 12-2 Cardinals. Channel that grief into an unyielding commitment to win out the season.

    See you in Santa Clara!

  18. By Bob Mel on Dec 21, 2015 | Reply

    I am just sick about hearing the terrible news. It’s even worse knowing the game was over at that point and he should have been sitting on the bench. So disgusted!

  19. By Darren Urban on Dec 21, 2015 | Reply

    Bob Mel —

    RE: On bench

    If Mathieu had run the INT back for a touchdown, you wouldn’t have written this. Besides, they had 7 DBs active and were playing 5. You can’t bench them all.

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