News Archives

Arizona Cardinals’ Tyrann Mathieu Has Torn ACL, LCL; Out for Season

December 10th, 2013 at 5:00 AM
By Steve Smith

'Tyrann Mathieu # 32' photo (c) 2013, Broderick Delaney - license:
What a shame.

Rookie free safety Tyrann Mathieu tore the ACL and LCL in his left knee during Sunday's 30-10 win over the St. Louis Rams, head coach Bruce Arians said yesterday. An MRI exam yesterday morning confirmed the injuries.

The LSU product will wait 10 days to allow the LCL to begin healing before he has surgery to repair both ligaments. Recovery could take about nine months overall.

The hit occurred with about nine minutes left in the third quarter on a free kick return after the Cardinals recorded a safety. Mathieu got up and began jogging off the field when his left knee buckled and he fell to the turf. He was carted to the locker room and did not return.

The "Honey Badger" has become one of the league's top rookie defenders after falling to the third round in this April's draft and was a candidate for NFL defensive rookie of the year. Arians said he thought Mathieu should win the award.

"To me, he's a lock," Arians said via "I don't know if anybody else has played as much as he's played and all the positions he's played. I just wish that [Rams punter Johnny Hekker] kicked that damn ball to Patrick."

Mathieu has 63 tackles — second best on the team — along with two interceptions and a forced fumble this season. He was named NFC Rookie of the Month in October. Mathieu, who became a full-time starter in Week Four against Tampa Bay, will be replaced in the lineup by safety Rashad Johnson. Johnson had an interception against the Rams on Sunday.








You need to satisfy your competitive drive, so why not beat our experts in fantasy football. At FightClub, our official Fantasy Football partner, you can change you team weekly and win cash. Get a free $5 credit when you sign up and try them out. And each week, Sports Media 101 will sweeten the pot and award the player with top points an extra $25. Match-up and show them how good you are. Can you handle FightClub?

Your man cave is your home field advantage for every game. When the game is on the line, you should be able to look around and be reminded of the great moments you've watched unfold in that very room! MJR Sports Integrity offers a wide range or team and player-specific memorabilia that can do just that and take your game day room to the next level. Find your inspiration at MJR Sports Integrity and will your team to victory!

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Bruce Arians, Football, NFL, Rashad Johnson, Tyrann Mathieu

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Login with: