Arizona Cardinals Tyrann Mathieu To Have Surgery


Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu cracked a bone in his thumb in Sunday’s 29-18 loss to the Atlanta Falcons

When it rains it pours it seems, at least in the 2014 season for the Arizona Cardinals.  For safety Tyrann Mathieu the late season got him again.  He is scheduled for have surgery on his injured thumb and is out up to three weeks.

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After leaving the game on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons and then not returning, surely it sounded like this could be something long-term.  However on Monday the announcement was made that he would either have surgery and miss three weeks or put a cast on it.  Sounds like the cast option lost this battle.

It is just one more injury add to the heap of injuries the Cardinals have experienced this season.  This one doesn’t allow Mathieu to likely come back until week 17 at the San Francisco 49ers.  One can only hope the Cardinals have wrapped the division up by then.

If you look at the bright side, at least this isn’t something that will carry over into the off-season.  I think the worry may have been it would have been better to fix it with pins and then no lingering effects going forward.

I’m sure whatever decision was made it was made in the best interest of the player here.  I don’t have any doubts about that.  It stings a little since Mathieu was just starting to get back to almost full strength from his torn ligaments last season.  For the season so far, Mathieu has one interception with four passes defensed.  He has also recovered a fumble and has registered 29 tackles in 11 games played.