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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09/15/14 - S Tyrann Mathieu played for the first time since suffering two torn knee ligaments last Dec. 8. Mathieu was in on five snaps, when the Cardinals used seven defensive backs. He had one tackle in Sunday's 25-14 win over the Giants. "I'll be patient, stay humble," he said. "It was great to get back out there, I was hoping to play a little bit more. I really wasn't put in a situation where I had to use my quickness or instincts. But I think everybody played well so I didn't have a chance to get out there much."
09/11/14 - S Tyrann Mathieu is "getting very, very close" to be able to play in a game, head coach Bruce Arians said. Mathieu is returning from two torn knee ligaments and is practicing in full pads. The Cardinals have long targeted Week 5, after their bye, for Mathieu's return. But it could be sooner.
"If he's ready to go for San Francisco (Week 3), he'll be out there. If he's ready for New York, we'll determine that Friday," Arians said.
09/09/14 - S Tyrann Mathieu, who underwent surgery last December to repair two torn ligaments in his left knee, was placed on the inactive list for the game. He will have to wait at least another week to make his return.
09/03/14 - FS Tyrann Mathieu said he feels better this week than last and is hopeful of playing Monday night against the Chargers. Mathieu is coming back from two torn knee ligaments and didn't play in the preseason.
09/01/14 - FS Tyrann Mathieu is hoping to play in the season opener against the Chargers, but the odds aren't great. Coach Bruce Arians said if Mathieu didn't play in the fourth preseason game he wouldn't play in the opener. After the game, Mathieu said he thought Arians was kidding. "I wasn't kidding," Arians said. Arians, however, left some wiggle room, saying Mathieu had to tackle in practice before playing in a game.
08/25/14 - S Tyrann Mathieu (knee) was moved off the physically unable to perform list last week and has practiced on a limited basis since. He could play in the final preseason game. It's still questionable if he will be ready for the season opener.
08/20/14 - S Tyrann Mathieu passed his physical and was cleared to practice Tuesday (Aug. 19) by the Cardinals.
07/27/14 - DB Tyrann Mathieu (knee) is on PUP to start camp but he expects to be off the list before the season. Mathieu likely won't be ready for the season opener. The Cardinals are targeting week five, after a bye, for Mathieu to return.
07/24/14 - S Tyrann Mathieu (knee) was declared active/physically unable to perform by the Cardinals Wednesday (July 23).
04/01/14 - CB Tyrann Mathieu's rehabilitation from two torn knee ligaments is progressing on schedule. That doesn't mean, however, he will be ready to practice in training camp.
Mathieu seems to know that he needs to be smart in returning.
"You just have to be mindful that this is the NFL. Those guys don't ever stop coming after you. I think the key is you want to take care of your body and just have that veteran mindset.
"This has helped me become more of a veteran, see it as a career and not just as a season or a game or two. I definitely have to be mindful of being 100 percent and finishing each and every season."