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The Cardinals on Tuesday placed S Tyvon Branch on IR with the same groin injury that knocked RB Chris Johnson out. One of those 2 could come off after 8 games, of course, as the "designated to return" player. HC Bruce Arians told the team website that the recovery timelines of the 2 will help to decide which -- if either -- gains the designation. IDP owners should go ahead and dump Branch in the meantime. Tyrann Mathieu will regain his slot cover duties this week to take over part of what Branch was doing. D.J. Swearinger figures to see more time as well, but Mathieu and Tony Jefferson are the fantasy factors.

It appears the Cardinals are ready to let DB Tyrann Mathieu jump back into the starting lineup Sunday night against the Patriots. Mathieu didn't even appear on Wednesday's injury report despite spending nearly all of the offseason and camp on the sideline. "I expect him to be out there full speed, ready to roll (against the Patriots)," coach Bruce Arians told the team website last week. Arians reiterated that stance over the weekend, telling azcardinals.com's Darren Urban that he expects Mathieu to be available for "every single play." We'll see just how strong Mathieu looks in his 1st action since last December's ACL tear, but it looks like less of a risk to use him in your IDP lineup than we'd have guessed.

Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu practiced Sunday for the 1st time since tearing his right ACL in December. According to ESPN's Josh Weinfuss, HC Bruce Arians had planned to have Mahtieu, CB Justin Bethel and DE Frostee Rucker participate only in positional drills. But Mathieu said he decided to push it by also taking part in 7-on-7s and 11-on-11s. Mathieu said he was "real surprised" with what he was able to do. "I didn't feel any pain. I didn't really get tight at all," Mathieu said. "I was surprised with where I was at, but I was also pleased with what I've been doing." Mathieu said he thinks he can be ready for Week 1. We'll see how things go over the next couple of weeks. Mathieu's return gets in the way of S Tony Jefferson's fill-in work, though Mathieu's split duty between FS and slot CB could leave room for Jefferson to be an early fantasy option as well.

The Cardinals on Tuesday activated DB Tyrann Mathieu from the PUP, along with CB Justin Bethel and DL Frostee Rucker. Does that mean they're ready to practice and on track for the regular-season opener? “I wouldn’t say that,” HC Bruce Arians told the team website. “I’d just say that they’re on target to get mental reps. They look good. Ty looks real good right now. Justin still favors (his foot) a little bit, but he’s fine. Frostee’s got to get into better shape.” We'll keep an eye on Mathieu, in particular. The last time he returned from an ACL tear (2014) found him missing 3 full games, playing half the defensive snaps and delivering a fraction of the stats he tallied in his other 2 pro seasons. Bethel was in line to start opposite CB Patrick Peterson, which has proved to be a high-volume spot. But he'll need to beat out rookie Brandon Williams at this point. Rucker's not an IDP option even when healthy. The Arizona D should be fine for fantasy purposes regardless of the status of these 3, though a healthy Mathieu certainly elevates the unit.

The Cardinals released their initial depth chart Monday, which lists Tyrann Mathieu as the FS starter despite his continued PUP status. Tony Jefferson, who has been working in his place, sits 2nd on the depth chart. D.J. Swearinger, meanwhile, has fought off competition so far to hold the SS role to this point. Swearinger has flashed some IDP intrigue in the past but failed to stick in lineups or deliver consistent fantasy production. He carries some mild upside into the season but needs to prove he's worth getting excited about. Arizona safeties have proved just OK in fantasy in recent seasons.

According to multiple reports, Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu tore his right ACL late in Sunday night's win over the Eagles. That obviously ends his season and puts him in question for the summer and regular-season start of 2016. Mathieu previously tore the ACL and LCL in his left knee, so this injury seems less severe. The fact that it's his other knee also increases the chance for a full recovery. Mathieu should remain on dynasty IDP rosters at this point. We'll track his progress heading into next year. S Tony Jefferson figures to see more playing time this year, though the Cardinals likely don't have a single player who can step into Mathieu's hybrid CB-S role.

Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu left in the 4th quarter of Sunday night's game at Philly after appearing to twist his left ankle following an INT. Mathieu managed to walk off under his own power and head to the locker room without help. We'll keep an eye on his status. He has ranked among the top fantasy performers at DB this season.

The Cardinals listed FS Tyrann Mathieu and SS Tony Jefferson as starters in their initial depth chart Monday. Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com says that SS Deone Bucannon and FS Rashad Johnson "have been running with the first unit" in practice. "In the end, all four get a lot of snaps," Urban adds. Given that situation, it might not matter who actually starts. At the same time, a rotation will limit fantasy-scoring opportunities for the IDP prospects. That has suppressed all Arizona DB projections in our 2015 IDP rankings. Elsewhere on D, the Cards list OLB Lorenzo Alexander, ILB Sean Weatherspoon, ILB Kevin Minter and OLB Alex Okafor as starters. We're not excited about any as IDP factors. Weatherspoon would carry the most upside, but he needs to show that he still has his old quicks even after last June's Achilles' tendon tear.

Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu fractured his right thumb in Sunday's loss at Atlanta. The return timetable varies widely with this injury, which allows some players to go on without missing a game. Even if Mathieu plays through the injury with a cast on the hand, though, it's hard to imagine the thumb not impacting his ability to catch a football. Mathieu with diminished INT upside doesn't make for much of an IDP prospect. That's an ugly situation for an already-volatile fantasy option.

Cardinals S Tony Jefferson played only 15 snaps in the Week 6 win over Washington.  HC Bruce Arians told reporters Monday that S Tyrann Mathieu has replaced him as the SS in nickel packages, with Jefferson playing the role in the base D.  Rookie S Deone Bucannon and FS Rashad Johnson also opened the game on the field and played 50 and 65 snaps, respectively.  Although the playing-time percentages figure to fluctuate depending on how the matchups dictate Arizona's defensive packages, it looks like time to dump Tony Jefferson in nearly all IDP leagues.  Teams lean toward pass-D packages these days.  Jefferson losing time there bodes ill for his participation going forward.  We wouldn't consider Mathieu an IDP starting option yet, but the fact that the team deems him well enough for a bigger role bodes well for the defense.  Mathieu's ball skills enhance the pass D and add big-play upside to the unit in fantasy.

Cardinald DB Tyrann Mathieu is inactive for the opener vs. San Diego.  The 2nd-year player has been practicing with the team after missing the offseason and part of camp in his rehab from last season's knee-ligament tear.  Mathieu should be back soon -- otherwise, the team might have kept him on the PUP -- but we'll need to see him on the field for at least a game or 2 before considering him an IDP option.

Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu joined his teammates at practice Wednesday for the 1st time since tearing 2 knee ligaments last November.  He told reporters afterward that he's not nervous about working the repaired joint but that he is waiting for that 1st big test.  We're still hesitant to draft Mathieu in IDP formats less than a year after such a major knee injury.  But he'll be a player to watch whenever the Cards return him to game action.  We'll be particularly curious to see if Arizona limits his role early in the year.

The team website reports that Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu hopes to return to practice within the next 2-3 weeks.  Mathieu hit IR in December after tearing 2 knee ligaments and has yet to work out with his team this year.  We'll reserve judgment on his effectiveness until he actually gets back on the field, and we're not chasing him in IDP drafts at this point.  A healthy Mathieu will still make for a strong long-term fantasy prospect, though.

Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu will open training camp on the PUP because of the 2 knee ligaments he tore in early December of his rookie season.  The team can activate Mathieu at any point, but The Associated Press reports that there's no timetable for his return at this point.  We'd be wary of adding Mathieu to your IDP lineup coming off such a serious injury.

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians told the team website this week that he's targeting Oct. 1 for the return of Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu.  The 2nd-year DB tore his left ACL and LCL in December.  GM John Keim has said "there's a chance" Mathieu could return for the season opener, but we'd bet on him missing a month and consider anything less a pleasant surprise.  Mathieu remains an attractive long-term DB in dynasty leagues, but he'll sit low when our 2014 IDP rankings come out.

Multiple outlets report that MRI confirmed a torn ACL and LCL for Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu.  According to ESPN.com, doctors will wait about 9 days for the LCL to begin healing before going in to repair both ligaments.  The recovery could take about 9 months.  That timeline would bump up against the start of next season.  We'll see how Mathieu progresses through the summer.

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said Sunday night that S Tyranny Mathieu appears to have torn his left ACL in the Week 14 win over the Rams.  The rookie will have an MRI on Monday to confirm.  Losing Mathieu certainly doesn't help the Arizona D, as he has proved capable of played several roles in the secondary.  IDP owners lose a top 10 fantasy DB and will have to wonder about his readiness for next season.  We'll keep an eye on Mathieu's situation throughout the summer.  S Rashad Johnson figures to see more playing time the rest of this year.  He has played mostly as a 3rd safety so far.

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