Tyrann Mathieu carted to the locker room. Leg bent awkwardly on a kick return, then it just gave out while he was trying to run it off.
— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) December 8, 2013
The season may be over fro one of the NFL’s most promising rookies. Arizona Cardinals rookie safety Tyrann Mathieu was removed from the game on a cart after suffering a left knee injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams. Mathieu was hurt on a free kick after a Cardinals safety, and he was unable to make it off the field on his own:
He had to be assisted to the sideline, and even though the game has been over for less than an hour, they feel like they have a good idea of what injury he incurred. Head Coach Bruce Arians revealed after the game that he believes the young rookie suffered a torn ACL:
Arians says Mathieu appears to have torn his ACL. Very tough blow.
— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) December 9, 2013
Mathieu entered the game with 67 combined tackles, one forced fumble, a sack and two interceptions. The former LSU Tigers All-American was kicked out of school in 2012 for drug use, but by all accounts, he’s completely turned his life around and become a model citizen.
This is very unfortunate setback in his career, and given his past, he’ll need a strong support system to ensure he doesn’t fall-back on old habits while he undergoes an extensive rehabilitation process.
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