Posted December 09, 2013

Tyrann Mathieu reportedly tore ACL and LCL in Cardinals’ win over Rams

Arizona Cardinals, NFC West
Tyrann Mathieu graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 2 cornerback, behind only Darrelle Revis.

Tyrann Mathieu graded out as Pro Football Focus’ No. 2 cornerback, behind only Darrelle Revis. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

Update (Monday, 12:00 p.m. ET): According to multiple reports, tests revealed that Mathieu tore both his ACL and LCL Sunday. The injuries will end his promising rookie season.


Tyrann Mathieu has been everything the Cardinals hoped for and much, much more since they rolled the dice on him in the 2013 draft. Now, they may have to continue their surprising playoff push without him.

Mathieu injured his knee on a kick return in Sunday’s win over the Rams, and Arizona coach Bruce Arians said that it appears Mathieu tore his ACL. An MRI Monday could confirm that injury, which obviously would end Mathieu’s exceptional rookie season — and may put him at risk of missing part of the 2014 campaign, as well.

The injury occurred in the third quarter, as Mathieu attempted to return a free kick following a safety. He was tackled by St. Louis’ Isaiah Pead, with his leg appearing to bend awkwardly in the process. Mathieu tried to jog to the sideline after getting to his feet, only to collapse in front of the Arizona bench as his leg buckled.

Mathieu had played so well through Arizona’s first 12 games that he was considered a contender for the Defensive Rookie of the Year award. He entered Sunday with two interceptions and 67 tackles. The one-time LSU star also graded out as Pro Football Focus’ No. 2 cornerback in all of football, behind only Darrelle Revis.

Losing Mathieu now would be a crushing blow to the Cardinals, who still sit just a game back in the wild-card race. And for Mathieu, it would be quite the anti-climactic finish to a 2013 season that saw the once-troubled defensive back work his way onto the straight and narrow.

The Cardinals play at Tennessee next week, before finishing the year with a back-to-back against the NFC West’s top two teams (at Seattle, vs. San Francisco). With or without Mathieu, they’ll need to find a way to win at least two of those final three games — including the finale against the 49ers — if they want to extend this season into a playoff berth.

17 comments
piizzadude
piizzadude

Gotta say that I had thought for sure this guy would fail within a few games.


He proved me wrong and really seemed to be going in a good direction.


This will really be the test for him. If he can rehab and STILL keep his nose clean, he will have a great shot at being a productive NFL player. 


An ACL/LCL injury is not insurmountable...

JeffBockert
JeffBockert

I feel terrible for this young man. He was having an extraordinary year. I went through one of those surgeries. It's tough to put into words the depression that sets in once you realize you are in for a year's worth of rehab - at least. Not to mention that you may never be the same athlete. I hope he is learning from the smart guys on the team and saving money. 

riley8
riley8

Puff, puff, give.

Matthew W
Matthew W

Sucks for him as he was doing so well.


No one questioned his talent coming into the league, merely his head after all his self-inflicted trouble at LSU.

SemperFiDTM
SemperFiDTM

My god hes the Anti-Joker....look at that SCOWL!!!

kj4027
kj4027

These guys are too big, too strong and have too much muscle and their tendons can't handle the additional stress. Sure they can run faster, jump higher and do kinds of amazing athletic endeavors but a tendon is a tendon. It doesn't get bigger and stronger. That's why athletes in all sports are blowing them out.

DavidHarte
DavidHarte

If it weren't for bad luck this poor kid would have no luck at all.


Tough to come back from both.  Time for school, Tyrann.  get a degree...

Whatever
Whatever

I have been very impressed watching Mathieu this season. He truly loves football, and has definitely turned his life around from his LSU days. The Cards need to keep him engaged, keep him part of the team, and make sure he doesn't slip back into old habits now that he'll be on IR. Hopefully he's matured past that, but we look forward to him coming back strong next year as one of the best DBs in the league.

StephenGrange
StephenGrange

A sad way to end for a young man that has earned  the respect of his organization, teammates, fans and casual observers.


A sublime talent that has now been harnessed by an adult mindset.....


Best wishes for a swift and complete recovery.

btcvsolo
btcvsolo

2 great players knocked out by low tackles. Way to go, NFL....

Zoltan
Zoltan

You're going to see more knee injuries now that the NFL is forcing everyone to tackle low. As much as I dislike the guy, Brandon Meriweather said as much a couple months back. I can't be sure, but I think I lot of players would rather get a concussion than have their knee destroyed.

donald5
donald5

@btcvsolo So did you just decide to skip watching the video of this injury or did you watch it, completely disregard what was on the video, and then make something up?

StephenGrange
StephenGrange

@btcvsolo Tyrann's injury was not the result of a low tackle but his leg being straight when he got piled into by defenders. 

donald5
donald5

@Zoltan So you would prefer football players walking around in adult diapers and forgetting their names at 50 over having torn ACLs?  This injury had ZIP to do with any of those rules.  It was a freak hyper extension that had nothing to do with hitting high or low.

Whatever
Whatever

@Zoltan I'm sure Wes Welker isn't complaining about guys hitting low this morning, if he even knows where he is.

danboz11
danboz11

@Zoltan Ok, they may prefer concussions in the short term but lets talk to them in 30 years.  The joke here is that they may actually be alive in 30 if they don't sustain as many.

SemperFiDTM
SemperFiDTM

@donald5 @btcvsolo I saw him make par on the half then hit a foul ball right into the sandtrap which made the ref throw a flag and award 2 foul shots from 2nd base.