Mathieu Return Set for October 1 by Bruce Arians

  • Alex Mann

Mathieu saves a touchdown by Rams tight end Jared Cook.

In the NFL, players are surrounded by some of the best doctors, physicians, trainers, and training equipment in the world. Despite all these, patience is still the most effective medicine.

Such is the case for both Tyrann Mathieu and Alameda Ta’amu. If you recall, Mathieu suffered a season ending LCL and and ACL injury in the Cardinals week 14 match up against the St. Louis Rams in Arizona. Alameda Ta’amu suffered his ACL tear in the season finale against the San Francisco 49ers. Both players want to return to the field in some sort of capacity in the season opener against the San Diego Chargers. The goal is a lofty one, but something that is not quite out of the question for either player.

Unlikely Ta’amu, there is an expected return timetable for Mathieu. October 1.

“I had Oct. 1, or after the (bye week) as the target date for me personally,” Arians continued. “If they do something better than that, God bless ’em.”


October 1 falls during the Cardinals week four bye week, and four days before they travel to Denver to take on the Broncos. It’s a more realistic return date for two young and talent players, and a date that the training staff will keep their eye on.

The last thing Cardinal fans want is for either one to push themselves too hard and too fast, going into camp early, and re-injuring their knees. Ta’amu is the more worrisome of the two, as his knee has to support his frame, and has to stand up to the pressure of playing in the trenches. That is not saying that Mathieu gets the easier route. Mathieu understands the dangers of rushing his rehab.

“It’s a long process, and it’s going to continue to be a long process,” said Mathieu, who’s also recovering from a torn LCL in his knee. “I just try to come to work every day, stay on top of my rehab and just continue to push myself. I don’t try to get too down about it, and I don’t try to get too up, too excited. My knee’s feeling good. I just take it as it comes.”

There is still plenty of time before the Cardinals take the field for the season opener, less than three months, so neither player has the time they could potentially miss on the forefront of their mind. Like Mathieu stated, about himself, the same could be said about Ta’amu.

Both players will expect to get on the field as soon as possible, but with an early bye week, that includes one game against their division, the team will likely err on the side of caution with two of its younger talents.


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