Dec 8, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) runs the ball during the third quarter against the St. Louis Rams at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the rams 30-10. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports
The news came down late this morning. Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu did in fact tear his ACL as was feared after the Cards 30-10 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday afternoon. The news though was even worse. He also tore his LCL. It’s enough to make a Cards fan sick.
According to reports Mathieu wasn’t exactly taking it all that well either and why would he? He was in the midst of a Defensive Rookie of the Year campaign. Now we will be lucky to see Mathieu on a football field to start the 2014 season. My best guess is longer than that. We’ll see.
It is a huge loss for the defense. Linebacker John Abraham said Mathieu sure didn’t act like a rookie. He said he has the poise of a veteran. He’s played like one on the field too. It is an unfortunate situation for him. Mathieu won’t even have surgery for at least 10 days in order to allow fluid to drain. Then it will be at least two months before he can even start walking on the leg.
This injury can take awhile to heal as it is, so having to wait that long before he can rehab will be a setback. It’ll all be a matter of how he responds to rehab but don’t count on him for training camp or the start of next season. God speed to the young man.