Tyrann Mathieu Injury Updates

The Cardinals have placed DB Tyrann Mathieu on IR. He has been dealing with a shoulder injury for weeks and made his way slowly back from last December's double-ligament tear early in the year. We'll keep an eye on Mathieu this offseason for signs that he might return to his old effectiveness level. We rarely saw that from him, so his absence doesn't alter an already-dim outlook for the Arizona team defense in fantasy football for Week 16.

Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu (shoulder) is doubtful for Sunday's game against Washington, with the injury that already cost him a couple of games. His absence hurts the Arizona team D and helps the outlook for Washington slot WR Jamison Crowder -- who could also see his volume helped by TE Jordan Reed being out with a shoulder injury.

Cardinals GM Steve Keim told 98.7 FM in Phoenix that "there's a good chance" DB Tyrann Mathieu will be ready to play Sunday at Atlanta. Mathieu has missed the past 2 games with a shoulder injury.

Cardinals LB Deone Bucannon (ankle) is active for today's game against the Vikings. He carries some re-injury risk, however, after he only managed a limited workout Friday following 2 days on the sideline. DB Tyrann Mathieu (shoulder) is out for the 2nd straight game despite some optimism during the week that he'd be ready to play.

Cardinals LB Deone Bucannon (ankle) and DB Tyrann Mathieu (shoulder) are questionable for Sunday's game against Minnesota. Bucannon returned for a limited practice Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday. Mathieu put in limited workouts all week after missing just the Week 10 game against the Niners (following an initial 3-4 week timetable on his injury). We'll check on the status for each player Sunday, though neither looks like a strong IDP option for Week 11 even if active.

Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu put in a limited practice Wednesday after missing Sunday's game with a shoulder injury. The Arizona Republic reports that it's not yet clear whether we can expect Mathieu to play in Week 11. IDP owners should look elsewhere even if he returns. LB Deone Bucannon missed Wednesday's workout with an ankle issue. We'll see about his status throughout the week. Bucannon didn't miss any snaps in the win over the Niners.

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said Monday that DB Tyrann Mathieu will get cleared to return this week from the shoulder injury that kept him out of Sunday's win over the Niners, according to ESPN's Josh Weinfuss. “We’ll just see how he is,” Arians said. “His strength’s back. It’s good. He’ll be cleared to go. I just want to see him practice and see how he looks.” Mathieu was given a 3-6 week timeline after suffering a shoulder subluxation in the Week 8 loss at Carolina, so returning for the Week 11 trip to Minnesota would come at the earliest end of that. We'll see if Mathieu gets right back into game action and whether Arizona limits his role in his return. His often-sluggish fantasy production this season makes it worth waiting to see him in action before using Mathieu in your IDP lineups.

So much for the hope that he wouldn't miss any time. Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu is expected to miss 3-6 weeks with the shoulder injury that knocked him out of Sunday's game at Carolina, according to the team website. With a bye this week, that figures to cost Mathieu at least the games against San Francisco and Minnesota. We'll see beyond that.

Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu left in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's loss to the Panthers after suffering a left shoulder injury. We'll see about his status this week.

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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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.
 
 
 

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