“I didn’t want to come in here and steal the show,” Mathieu said. “I tried to chill. I saw B.A.
One of the major storylines of training camp will be Mathieu’s comeback. But Mathieu, like Ta’amu on the physically unable to perform list for now, might not get a chance to take part in camp.
“Personally, I could play tomorrow,” Mathieu said wishfully, before allowing that at best he sees himself at least a month away or even 6-to-8 weeks. That would put his return right around the Cardinals’ bye week after three games will have been played, and right about the time Arians estimated when he addressed it at the end of minicamp.
Arians said it would take Mathieu all of a “day” to be ready to play again.
“He’s watching tape all the time and coaching (rookie safety) Deone (Bucannon),” Arians said. “It’s a matter of him getting healthy.”
Arians doesn’t want to push Mathieu or Ta’amu either, he said.
Mathieu said he can run well straight ahead, although he’s still about “50, 60 percent” in terms of cutting. Sitting on the side is not ideal, he admitted, but said he didn’t want to say he was depressed because he’s been truly depressed before and this is not that.
“It’s when the team is coming together, picking leaders … it’s football,” Mathieu said. “It’s tough not being part of the game"
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