The Arizona Cardinals have been forced to play without Pro Bowl safety Tyrann Mathieu on Sunday in their game against the Carolina Panthers. He left the game early with a shoulder injury and has been officially declared out for the remainder of the game.
Mathieu’s injury happened in the first half of their contest and it was initially thought to be a minor problem. As a result, he was initially listed as probable to return to the game.
Unfortunately for the Cardinals, the injury must have been worse than anticipated because shortly after the probable designation, the team has now updated his status to out.
At this point the extent of the injury will not be known until after the game, but if it is serious and he’s forced to miss a significant amount of time it would be devastating to the Cardinals. Mathieu, a Pro Bowler in 2015, has been recovering from a torn ACL he suffered late last season and it’s kept him from playing at 100-percent this year. That being said though, he’s started to turn a corner this year and has showed signs of his former self in recent weeks.
Aside from Mathieu, the Cardinals also suffered another injury in the secondary on Sunday against the Panthers. Cornerback Tharold Simon left the contest with an ankle injury and his return to the game is being declared as questionable.