"[There's] now some optimism [Tyrann Mathieu] will play in Arizona's opener."
-Adam Schefter, ESPN
Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu tore his ACL and LCL in December, but he is expected to come off the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. If he's healthy enough to practice and work out at this point, then there has to be optimism about Mathieu's chances to play in the season opener against the San Diego Chargers on Sept. 8.
Mathieu was on his way to contending for Defensive Rookie of the Year before sustaining his injury last season. He managed 68 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and two interceptions with nine pass defenses over 13 games. Some thought the Cardinals would have trouble figuring out where to play him, but he made an impact from the first game. Getting him back sooner rather than later is a big deal for Arizona.
"If it hurts too much, I'll shut it down. I warmed up and it felt good."
Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy is one of the best in the league at his position, so when he sustains an injury it's a big deal. McCoy missed practice on Sunday with turf toe, a painful but usually minor injury. Fortunately, he was back in action on Monday and completed a full practice, as reported by John Gonzalez of CSN Philly.
McCoy said that it wasn't hurting as bad on Monday, so he "went for it." He did say that if it hurts too much, he'll "shut it down," though players in the NFL have to "learn how to play through pain." McCoy said that he has a track record of not missing any games, which is obviously a point of pride. The 26-year-old running back is once again setting his sights on a potential 2,000-yard season, but then again, which running back isn't? The difference is McCoy has been relatively close in the past, topping out at 1,607 rushing yards last year.
"[Eric Fisher] started off like gangbusters and then as that arm gets tired he has a tendency to not shoot it quite as fast as he would when it's fresh."
-Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs head coach
Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Eric Fisher is struggling big time in training camp and the preseason. If you ask head coach Andy Reid, Fisher's struggles are thanks, at least in part, to significant offseason injuries. Fisher had sports hernia and shoulder surgeries this offseason, and Reid notes that the shoulder injury in particular is making it tough for Fisher to remain consistent.
"Anytime you're coming off a significant injury, you have to continue to battle through and that's what this preseason has been for him," Reid said, "He's coming off of a shoulder surgery and you saw how he started the game." Reid said that Fisher played well to start, but his arm got tired as the game wore on, and he had the tendency to "not shoot it quite as fast as he would when it's fresh." Whatever the case, Fisher has been particularly poor in pass protection, which is never a good sign for quarterback Alex Smith.
"At the end of the day, we need to find our three best linebackers."
-Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys head coach
The Dallas Cowboys are giving linebacker Rolando McClain reps at inside linebacker with the first team, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas. McClain, who has retired twice since being made the eighth overall pick in 2010, got in some work at the spot where Justin Durant has been starting throughout camp. But Durant is more valuable on the outside, and McClain would seem to be the best man for the job inside.
Garrett said that, "at the end of the day, we need to find our three best linebackers and our best combination of those guys to start for us in base, and then there are some roles in nickel as well." Other than McClain and Durant, there's Bruce Carter and Kyle Wilber. It's worth noting that Wilber has looked solid on the outside, so if Durant and McClain impress it would be Carter sitting on the bench, as noted by MacMahon.
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