Cardinals HC Bruce Arians was told by the team doctor DB Tyrann Mathieu‘s knee was “loose.”
“It could be devastating. It could be okay,” Arians said, via Peter King of MMQB. “We just don’t know. When he came off the field, he was smiling. But the doctor said the knee’s loose.”
Mathieu will undergo an MRI on his today to determine the severity of the injury. It’s worth mentioning that he was able to walk around in the locker room after the game, but others have been able to walk and even play on a torn ACL, so we’ll have to see what the MRI says.
It would obviously be disappointing news for the Cardinals and Mathieu if he were to have ligament damage in his knee, as he suffered a torn ACL and LCL just a few years ago.
Cardinals GM Steve Keim has said that a long-term extension for Mathieu is one their “biggest priorities.”
Mathieu, 23, is a former third-round pick of the Cardinals back in 2013, who has quickly become an impact player for one of the best defensive units in the NFL.
Mathieu has two years remaining on his four-year, $3.052 million rookie contract that included $817,187 guaranteed. He’ll make a base salary of $585,000 this season and another $675,000 in 2016.
This season, Mathieu has appeared in 14 games and recorded 89 tackles, a sack, five interceptions with one being returned for a touchdown, a forced fumble and 16 pass defenses for the Cardinals. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 1 cornerback out of 111 qualifying players.