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Monday, June 16, 2014

Cardinals Injury Update: Tyrann Mathieu, Alameda Ta'amu

By on 6/16/2014 03:00:00 PM

If the Arizona Cardinals defense wants to build on last years success, they'll have to be patient. Two injured defenders aren't quite ready to return to the field yet, and they could miss some regular season action as well.

Tyrann Mathieu tore the ACL and LCL in his left knee after being tackled by Rams running back Isaiah Pead on a punt return in week 14 last season.

At one point this offseason, Mathieu was considered to be well ahead in his recovery efforts, but despite that it now appears the 22-year-old could be out longer. Head coach Bruce Arians said he is still somewhat optimistic.

"I had Oct. 1, or after the (bye week) as the target date for me personally," Arians said. "If they do something better than that, God bless 'em."

The story is the same for nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu, who suffered a torn ACL against the 49ers in late December. Arians said the decision regarding the return of both players is up to the medical staff.

"That's strictly up to the doctors, trainers and them," Arians said. "I'm not going to hurry them. We have plenty of time. If they aren't ready for the first day of training camp -- which I doubt anyway, because I've never thought that.

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