Ex-LSU standout Tyrann Mathieu: 'I'm back and I can still make some plays' _lowres

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu (32) intercepts a New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) pass in the end zone against New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore (16) during the third qua

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His first two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals have mostly been marred by injuries, but former LSU player Tyrann Mathieu says he's healthy now and looking forward to the upcoming season.

Mathieu tore his anterior cruciate knee ligament near the end of his rookie season in 2013. He returned to the lineup started six of 13 games last year.

"It’s been a long time since I’ve been healthy,” Mathieu told the Arizona Cardinals website on Monday. “Last year I felt like I took a back seat. I played well my rookie year and then last year it was kind of, eh, I was there but I wasn’t there. This (year) is more important for me because I really want to let everyone know I’m back and I can still make some plays.”

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