Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu won’t play against Vikings
Three weeks ago, safety Tyrann Mathieu suffered a shoulder injury, and while he was hopeful he’d be able to play this week at Minnesota, he will not.
The Arizona Cardinals made it official Sunday, listing Mathieu among their seven gameday inactives against the Vikings.
Mathieu had been limited in practice all week, and he was designated as questionable on the final injury report.
“Ty ran around good. The shoulder is sore, and we’ll see how it goes,” head coach Bruce Arians said Friday.
This will be the second straight game Mathieu has missed since hurting the shoulder in the second quarter at Carolina, just ahead of the bye week.
The Cardinals’ remaining inactives include wide receiver Chris Hubert, cornerback Tharold Simon, guard Cole Toner plus defensive tackles Robert Nkemdiche, Corey Peters and Olsen Pierre.
Both Simon (ankle) and Peters (foot) are hurt. Peters did not practice at all during the week.
The good news is safety Deone Bucannon is OK to play despite dealing with an ankle issue that kept him off the practice field on Wednesday and Thursday.
For the Vikings, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee) and guard Zac Kerin (hand) are out due to injury.
The others not in uniform for Minnesota are quarterback Taylor Heinicke, tackle Rashod Hill, tight end David Morgan, linebacker Edmond Robinson and wide receiver Jarius Wright.
Winning on the road has not come easy for the Cardinals this season, especially when the game kicks off early as it does today.
“I don’t know what time we kick off,” quarterback Carson Palmer said Wednesday. “I don’t really pay attention to that until we get later in the week. Sunday is Sunday, whether it’s 6:30 p.m. and you have a little more time on your hands, or 1:15, or whatever it is. There is not much of a change in prep.”
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