Mathieu (knee) is fully healthy and has participated in the early days of OTAs, Adam Green of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports. "It's just exciting to get back out there, especially with how last year, how it ended up playing out," Mathieu said. "Just a good feeling to be healthy again and just back out there on a football field 100 percent."
Mathieu -- who was on the mend from a 2015 ACL tear and a 2016 shoulder subluxation -- has been a playmaker in the Arizona secondary when healthy, but has yet to put together a full 16-game season heading into his fifth NFL season. His ability to stay healthy in 2017 will be key for a Cardinals defense that lost five starters in free agency this offseason.
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
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|7||10/22/17||@ LAR||1:00 pm|
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|17||12/31/17||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
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