The Arizona Cardinals are obviously hoping to get safety Tyrann Mathieu back as early on in the 2016 season as they possibly can, but Mathieu doesn’t plan to rush back before he’s fully healed. After suffering a torn ACL back in Week 15 of last season, Mathieu and the Cardinals are both hoping that he’ll be ready to go for Week 1, but the star safety opened up about his mindset on the recovery process last week.
“If I’m 90 percent, then I don’t necessarily want to go out there,” Mathieu said Sunday evening before a fundraiser for coach Bruce Arians’ foundation. “But if I’m 100 percent, I definitely want to be out there.
“I’ve already shown who I am and what I am, so my objective is to come back that same person. And if I can’t come back that same person, maybe I should wait until I am that person again.”
In all honesty, it’s a great, great decision by Mathieu. The last thing he would want to do is rush back from the injury and either not be the same player he was before (as mentioned), or possibly even suffer some type of a setback. While Mathieu knows his body better than anyone, there’s no question that if he feels he’s ready in Week 1, that he’ll be out there with his teammates when they take on the New England Patriots. If not, then it’ll be a few weeks into the year before we see him more than likely.