GLENDALE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said safety Tyrann Mathieu is “pretty close” to coming off the physically unable to perform list and could be practicing with the team within a week.
Mathieu, a former LSU standout, was having a standout rookie season when he tore the ACL and LCL in his left knee against St. Louis on Dec. 8.
In 13 games, he had 62 tackles, a sack, two interceptions, four tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a special teams tackle.
“I’m itching to hit somebody,” Mathieu said at his locker on Tuesday, “and I’m itching to get my hands on the ball. I’m tired of playing catch with the trainers.”
Mathieu has worked out on his own and expressed confidence that his knee is sound. He looks at the Cardinals’ deep, talented secondary and said he wants to add to it, not detract because he’s not ready.
linebacker Trevathan out 6-8 weeks: In Englewood, Colorado, Denver Broncos leading tackler Danny Trevathan is out six to eight weeks after fracturing his left knee during a particularly intense padded practice Tuesday.
The Broncos said their weakside linebacker has what’s called a medial tibial impaction fracture but, fortunately, no torn ligaments.
QB Quinn signs deal: In Davie, Florida, for Brady Quinn, this was a long time coming.
On the eve of the 2007 NFL draft, Quinn said he was told by “a very, very good source” that he would be taken by the Miami Dolphins — who then, somewhat famously, passed on him and chose Ted Ginn Jr. with their first-round selection, a move that drew immediate jeers from fans at the team’s draft party.
There was no jeering Tuesday.
Quinn completed his signing with the Dolphins in the morning, then hit the practice field.
with his new club for the first time and started what basically becomes a competition with Matt Moore to become Miami’s backup quarterback behind starter Ryan Tannehill this season.
Team says Lynch assault accusation ‘bogus’: In Renton, Wash., The Seattle Seahawks said accusations that star running back Marshawn Lynch was involved in an assault and damage of personal property are “bogus.”
In a statement Tuesday morning the team said it has “the utmost respect for the investigative process,” but that after speaking with Lynch the Seahawks concluded the allegations were without merit.
The Bellevue Police Department released a statement Monday saying the alleged incident took place around 2:30 a.m. Sunday and that Lynch is alleged to have been involved. Bellevue police are investigating.
FCC’s Pai supports repeal of TV blackout rules: In Buffalo, N.Y., a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission said it’s time to repeal NFL television blackout rules.
Ajit Pai says the FCC needs to “be on the side of sports fans” regarding league rules that prevent games that are not sold out from being broadcast in the home team’s market.
Pai is one of five FCC commissioners, and was in Buffalo on Tuesday to make the announcement alongside congressman Brian Higgins, who has urged the FCC to change the rules. The FCC has spent the past year seeking public input regarding blackout regulations.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said there is no reason to change the blackout policy put in place in 1975. Goodell says repeal could affect future TV contracts and lead to fewer games broadcast for free.