Rookie of the Year nominee Tyrann Mathieu done for the year with torn ACL

12/10/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

Dec 8, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians (left) looks on as trainers tend to Tyrann Mathieu after suffering an injury in the third quarter against the St. Louis Rams at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Rams 30-10. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsArizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu has had an excellent year so far and took the NFL by storm with his explosive games and whole hearted performances. Unfortunately, his rookie year in the NFL is cut short after being injured.
 
Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians officially stated on Monday that Mathieu had torn his ACL in his left knee apart from other injuries on the same knee. The injuries will require surgery and that means he will have a long recovery time and will come back to the field after an even longer time.
 
He has been a regular for the team and a valuable asset, one which the team heavily relied on. That much is evident from the fact that he was included in almost every defensive play that the Cardinals played. His fearless playing style earned him the nickname “Honey Badger” while playing with the LSU.
 
The injury occurred last Sunday when the Cardinals went up against the Saint Louis Rams and won 30-10. During the third quarter, Kellen Clemens was tackled by John Abraham after a returned free kick. As the players cleared off Mathieu after tackling him hard, he got up and attempted to walk away but his knee gave away and he fell down.
 
In his tweet on Sunday he thanked everyone for their prayers and said this was another test of life.
 
“I appreciate everyone prayers,” Mathieu said. “We go through things in life to test our faith & strength.”
 
Coach Arians didn’t mince words when he told everyone the extent of injury Mathieu had sustained. He said that the injury was bad and the news wasn’t good about it. He would most probably miss next year’s training camp when recovering and was definitely done for the year. The surgery is scheduled to go this week and the real challenge will be recovering into the free safety that he was this season.
 
“He'll have some ACL and LCL repair and too many other L's for me to get into,” Arians said. “It's a shame.”
 
When he was drafted by the Cardinals during the third round, there weren’t big expectations from him but he proved them otherwise with his talent. A force to be reckoned with, he proved himself to be a huge asset to the team and their reliance on him only grew with time. Arians commended his performance, saying he had both talent and leadership capabilities.
 
“He's been fantastic and he's a leader. Very seldom do you see young guys come in and become a leader, especially in the secondary like he has,” Arians said. “His personality is infectious with the guys because he loves football. He'll stay out there and practice all day and go as hard as he can. Those are guys you miss.”
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