Cardinals' Arians says S Mathieu close to coming off PUP list

Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu is close to returning to the field.

 

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says safety Tyrann Mathieu is ''pretty close'' to coming off the physically unable to perform list and could be practicing with the team within a week.

Mathieu, known widely as the ''Honey Badger,'' was having a standout rookie season when he tore the ACL and LCL in his left knee against St. Louis on Dec. 8. In 13 games, he had 62 tackles, a sack, two interceptions, four tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a special teams tackle.

Mathieu says he is ''itching to hit someone'' and is tired of playing catch with the trainers.

Arians says nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu , who tore his ACL in the final game last season, also is close to coming off the PUP list.

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