Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 3/69 - Tyrann Mathieu, FS, 5-9, 186, Louisiana State...The Cardinals gambled here. Mathieu has a history of troubles, mostly with marijuana. The Cardinals think Mathieu is sincere about changing his life, and they expect his former LSU teammate, Patrick Peterson, to be a mentor. Mathieu will start his NFL career as a free safety. He doesn't have ideal speed for cornerback, and playing safety will give him a chance to roam the field and make plays on the ball, his strength. He also will return punts, along with Peterson. QUOTE TO NOTE: "I couldn't think of a better team to go to. I spent so much time out there with Patrick, that became sort of like my second home. The whole time, I was telling myself, 'don't cry.' I know I'm on the right track." -- Defensive back Tyrann Mathieu. - The Sports Xchange
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10/14/15 - FS Tyrann Mathieu missed some practice time this week with a heel injury. He is expected to play against the Steelers.
12/29/14 - S Tyrann Mathieu has been average since returning two weeks ago from a fractured thumb, coach Bruce Arians said. Mathieu is playing with a large cast on his lower arm, and it hinders his tackling ability. But his biggest mistake was a mental error. He and cornerback Antonio Cromartie had a miscommunication that allowed 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin to catch a slant for a 76-yard touchdown.
12/22/14 - S Tyrann Mathieu returned after missing a game with a fractured thumb. He wore a large cast and had trouble grabbing when tackling.
12/17/14 - FS Tyrann Mathieu is expected to be available to play this week after missing a game due to a fractured thumb.
12/12/14 - S Tyrann Mathieu (thumb) is out of Sunday's game.
12/08/14 - S Tyrann Mathieu missed the game after suffering a fractured thumb in Atlanta. Mathieu hopes to return to play against Seattle on Dec. 21.
12/05/14 - S Tyrann Mathieu (thumb) is out of Sunday's game.
12/03/14 - S Tyrann Mathieu underwent surgery Wednesday morning to repair a fractured and dislocated left thumb. He is expected to miss at least two games. Tony Jefferson will replace him in the starting lineup.
12/01/14 - S Tyrann Mathieu might have suffered a fractured left thumb while making a tackle in the second quarter. If the injury requires surgery, Mathieu will miss three weeks. If it doesn't, he will try to play with a cast.
11/30/14 - CB Tyrann Mathieu broke his left thumb in the first half against the Falcons and did not return. His thumb was in a cast after the game.