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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08/21/16 - S Tyrann Mathieu, activated off the physically unable to perform list last week, was a limited participant in practice on Sunday and remains on track to play in the season opener Sept. 11 after recovering from his second ACL surgery in three years.
08/18/16 - S Tyrann Mathieu will wear a brace on his right knee, but it's smaller and lighter than the one he wore on his left knee in 2014. "Any brace, there is some restriction to it," he said. "But this one is way lighter and this injury is not as severe as the last one."
08/16/16 - S Tyrann Mathieu was activated from the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday. Mathieu, who signed a five-year, $62.5 million deal earlier this month,i s working his way back from a torn ACL in late December. Last season, the 24-year-old recorded 89 tackles, 17 defended passes and five interceptions -- including one returned for a touchdown.
08/14/16 - S Tyrann Mathieu (knee), DT Frostee Rucker (ankle) and CB Justin Bethel (foot) will be activated off the physically unable to perform list at some point this week, coach Bruce Arians said. However, none of the three is expected to play Friday night against the Chargers.
08/14/16 - Head coach Bruce Arians said S Tyrann Mathieu (knee), DT Frostee Rucker (ankle) and CB Justin Bethel (foot) will be activated off the PUP list at some point this week, although none of the three are expected to play Friday night against the Chargers.
08/02/16 - S Tyrann Mathieu became the highest-paid safety in NFL history by agreeing on a five-year extension worth $62.5 million, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday. The agreement contains $40 million in guaranteed money and runs through 2021. Mathieu was slated to become a free agent after this season. Mathieu had his best season last year in this third NFL campaign. He intercepted five tackles and racked up 89 tackles (including 11 for losses) before suffering a season-ending ACL tear in his right knee after 14 regular-season games.
07/29/16 - S Tyrann Mathieu said that despite his recovery from his second ACL surgery in three years, he is "probably in the best shape of my life." "I could probably go out there right now and run around and do drills and stuff like that, but I want to be confident that I am who I am," he said. "I don't want to go out there and put anything on tape that's not reflective of my type of player. I don't think it's going to take me as long once I get practicing, get back in the rhythm of things. I don't think it's going to take me as long to get that confidence and to ultimately be 100 percent. I've been through a lot in my life, so I just take kind of everything as it comes. I don't try to let nothing define me. This is one of those situations where I just try to push through it, work through it, take as much advice as I can and just continue to try to uplift myself and keep myself in good spirits." Coach Bruce Arians said Mathieu will likely have a stumble or two along the way in his recovery. "He's going to struggle again with that brace on just like he did that year (in 2014)," Arians said. "But he knows how to do it now and he's used to it."
07/27/16 - S Tyrann Mathieu failed his physical (knee) and was declared active/physically unable to perform by the Cardinals July 26.
06/09/16 - S Tyrann Mathieu continues to make progress in his rehab from a second torn ACL and when asked before the team broke minicamp about what limitations he still has, the Honey Badger boldly proclaimed, "I can do anything. I've done a lot of cutting, turning and running," he said. "I feel great. It's more about me taking it slow. ... I don't have a timeline when I'll be back. The most important thing is me coming back 100 percent. I think that's the most important thing."
05/17/16 - Among those not participating in this particular three-day OTA sessions were cornerback Patrick Peterson and defensive tackle Frostee Rucker, who both are recovering from ankle surgeries, cornerback Justin Bethel, who is coming off foot surgery and safety Tyrann Mathieu, who is rehabilitating from a torn ACL suffered in December.