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The Arizona Cardinals announced that defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, who suffered a shoulder injury against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, will miss 3-6 weeks.
It didn’t appear to be a serious injury, even though he did not play in the second half of Week 8, as he had been listed mid-game as probable to return. But upon further inspection, he is expected to miss at least two games.
The banged-up Cardinals are on bye in Week 9. Left tackle Jared Veldheer needs surgery on a partially torn triceps, cornerback Tharold Simon suffered an ankle injury and the receiving corps is a bit beat up, too, so it appears the bye is coming at a good time.
Mathieu suffered a torn ACL last season and opened 2016 strictly as the Cardinals’ free safety before settling back in as the nickel back the past few games. He has admitted that the knee hasn’t completely healed and that he was still rounding into form before going down with the shoulder ailment.
Still, the Cardinals are losing a valuable member of their defense after the loss to the Panthers, which dropped them to 3-4-1 with a crucial stretch ahead if they have any hopes of getting back into the playoff picture. Mathieu had 28 tackles, three passes defended and one pick in his eight starts.
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