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Draft Scout Justin Bethel News
08/01/17 - CB Justin Bethel, who wasn't expected to return to practice until Monday, was a full participant on Tuesday and wore a brace on his hyperextended knee. "I knew he'd be back. He wanted to come back sooner," coach Bruce Arians said. "That was great to see him out there today. He was flying around, he was full speed."
01/04/17 - CB Justin Bethel was limited for most of the season because of a painful foot injury that required surgery in the offseason and never quite healed. It cost him a shot at winning a starting corner job opposite Patrick Peterson and it prevented him from earning his fourth Pro Bowl selection as a special-teamer. Bethel, though, found success during the team's final two games as a slot cornerback, a position coach Bruce Arians said could be ideal for Bethel moving forward.
"I think Justin found his spot inside," Arians said. "He played really well in the nickel and we'll have to see if we can create a nickel or dime situation. He's done it in the past when Tyrann Mathieu is the nickel and he's had tight ends or somebody else."
12/29/16 - CB Justin Bethel finally heard head coach Bruce Arians say something nice about him after being criticized most of the year for his performance in the secondary. A three-time Pro Bowl selection as a special teamer, Bethel has struggled when playing corner the past two seasons. He held his own last Saturday in Arizona's victory at Seattle, however. "Justin may have had his best game as a Cardinal, as far as a defensive back, and looked really good at nickel," said Arians, who only two weeks early referred to Bethel as "a failure in progress." Arians said, "He's a good blitzer. He's a good tackler, so it's a good spot for him. It's just that Ty (Tyrann Mathieu) and those other guys play that position most of the time."
10/04/16 - CB Justin Bethel, a three-time Pro Bowl performer on special teams, fell to the ground and was unable to make a tackle on Tavon Austin's game-breaking 47-yard punt return that helped set up the Rams' go-ahead and winning touchdown Sunday.
After watching tape, coach Bruce Arians realized what happened.
"Yeah, he got a hand through his facemask and got poked in the eye," Arians said. "It is hard not to hit the facemask when you get poked in the eye. That's usually a penalty."
09/22/16 - CB Justin Bethel (knee) was listed as limited for Thursday's practice.