For the second time in his three-year career, Mathieu's season came to a close due to a torn ACL, but not before he proved himself to be one of the NFL's top safeties. In just 14 games, he was among the Cardinals' leading tacklers with 89 on the ledger, which he supplemented with five interceptions (including one pick-six), one sack, and one forced fumble. While it's arguable to invest too much in a player coming off serious knee injuries, medical science has made leaps and bounds in recent years, meaning teams have less to worry about in such scenarios.
Tyrann Mathieu (torn ACL) was placed on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.
Mathieu, a Defensive Player of the Year candidate and IDP standout, will see his season come to an early end for the second time in three years because of a torn ACL. Even considering that the injuries didn't occur in the same knee, he's highly questionable to be ready for Week 1 in 2016. In the meantime, the Arizona defense is significantly weakened, with Justin Bethel likely taking on the majority of Mathieu's snaps.
Brutal news for the playoff-bound Cardinals, who will sorely miss the playmaking safety during the upcoming postseason. Moreover, Mathieu -- who racked up a fantasy-friendly 89 tackles and five picks in 14 games this season -- is not a lock to be ready for the start of the 2016 season, according to ESPN.com.
Mathieu tweaked his knee without contact from an opponent after making an interception during Sunday night's game. While the nature of that injury raises cause for concern, MRI testing Monday should help clarify his status moving forward. One of the league's most dynamic, versatile playmakers, Mathieu is certainly someone the Cardinals would hate to lose.
Mathieu landed awkwardly after the interception and limped off the field. He was set to undergo tests after the game for the severity of the injury. Even if the ailment is not serious, he may not play much next week as the Cardinals have clinched a playoff spot and division title.
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