The Arizona Cardinals announced that they have placed DB Tyrann Mathieu on the season-ending injured reserve.
- The Cardinals promoted DB Curtis Taylor from the practice squad to fill the active roster.
Mathieu is expected to have a long recovery ahead of him given that he tore multiple knee ligaments. We’ll have to see how he progresses during the offseason before we have a better idea of whether or not he’ll be back for the start of the 2014 season.
- Ian Rapoport reports that Mathieu suffered multiple ligaments tears, which will require a longer rehab period.
- Mathieu is expected to wait 10 days before undergoing the surgery so that his LCL is given more time to heal.
Ian Rapoport reports that Mathieu will have an MRI on Monday to determine the severity, but his sources mentioned that it doesn’t look good at this point in time.
Mathieu suffered the injury while contributing on special teams when his leg twisted awkwardly. He was later carted off the field.
Mathieu has been a revelation for the Cardinals defense in his first year in the league. Arizona used the No. 69 overall pick on him, so he has clearly been a steal for them in year one. The Cardinals are still fighting for a playoff spot, but losing Mathieu for the season will require some retooling at the safety position in the coming weeks.