Tyrann Mathieu “healed up enough” for Seahawks and Sunday Night Football

GLENDALE, Ariz. – There’s no way Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu is missing Sunday night’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. There’s too much at stake in that game and the team needs him.

Timing is everything. Mathieu was cleared to take part in Monday’s practice, cast on his left hand and all. It doesn’t matter to him. He’s just happy to be back.

“It felt good to be back out there,” Mathieu said. “Really looking forward to this weekend.”

Mathieu shattered a bone in his left thumb against the Falcons almost three weeks back. He missed the Chiefs and Rams games, but he’s made it back for the final stretch run before the playoffs.

Mathieu believes it won’t be that much of an adjustment with having to wear the cast on the field.

“I guess it’ll probably be hard to catch a ball, but Rashad [Johnson] played with it. He played well, so hopefully I’ll have a same outcome,” Mathieu said.

Mathieu was referring to when Johnson lost the tip of the second digit in his left hand last season against the Saints in New Orleans and managed to continue on playing well, even to this day.

And Mathieu didn’t even lose his thumb, Johnson did.

“Right, I got all my fingers,” Mathieu said.

With Mathieu returning, it’s a good time for him to come back, with the final two games and playoffs lurking in the distance. It’s paramount that Arizona’s secondary – one of the major strengths of the team – be as healthy as possible for what’s coming down the road.

“Oh definitely, guys are playing well. I think we’re really finding that groove right now,” Mathieu said. “We got a big challenge this weekend with [the] Seattle [Seahawks], so hopefully we can prepare well enough and make the most plays Sunday.”

It’s all well and good to have Mathieu back on the practice field and ready for Sunday night, but the question is: how healed up are you Tyrann?

“I think I’m healed up enough to finish out the season,” Mathieu said. “Hopefully I don’t have anymore setbacks.”

The offense will be with their fourth different quarterback this season when third stringer Ryan Lindley takes the field as the starter. Rookie Logan Thomas will also see some playing time according to head coach Bruce Arians.

All season long, the defense has come up big, making stops and bailing out the offense when it couldn’t get over hump and into the end zone. That’s just the way the defense operates says Mathieu.

“We go into every game really wanting to score points as a defense and setup great field position for our offense,” Mathieu said. “I’m sure this weekend won’t be any different. I don’t think we’re gonna do anything special, [we’re] just gonna try [and] win the football game.”










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