Head coach Bruce Arians relayed Tuesday that Mathieu's knee is "96 percent" and his shoulder is "100 percent," Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.
The metronome of Mathieu's four-year career has been determined by his health, which has included a pair of season-ending ACL tears in 2013 and 2015. In the subsequent campaigns, he failed to uphold his standard from one year prior, though his stunted recovery from a shoulder subluxation afforded just two appearances after Week 8 in 2016. With his recovery from the latter injury complete, Mathieu will focus on beefing up the health of his right knee and aim for a resurgence in the fall.
Mathieu (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Friday.
Mathieu featured in only two of Arizona's last six games due to a shoulder problem, which will see him end a second straight season on injured reserve. Coming off last year's ACL tear, Mathieu finished with merely 35 tackles, one sack and one interception in 10 appearances this term. With Mathieu unavailable for the final two regular season games, the Cardinals promoted safety Trevon Hartfield from their practice squad.
Mathieu (shoulder) will start Sunday against the Saints, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.
Mathieu has been sidelined for four of Arizona's last five games due to a shoulder problem, but he'll return to the fold Sunday to boost the team's defense against a high-powered Saints passing game.
Mathieu has missed back-to-back games and four of the
Mathieu (shoulder) hopes to return to practice Wednesday, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910AM Phoenix reports.
Mathieu has missed four of the Cardinals' last five games, including Saturday's latest loss to the Dolphins, but still wants to finish this season on the field. Whether he'll be able to take a step toward doing that at Wednesday's practice remains to be seen, so stay posted for an update on his situation.
|P3||8/26/17||@ ATL||7:00 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|5||10/8/17||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|7||10/22/17||@ LAR||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|9||11/5/17||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|11||11/19/17||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|