Arizona Cardinals activate Tyrann Mathieu from the PUP list

PHOENIX - In the wake of losing Darnell Dockett to a season-ending knee injury earlier this week, Arizona Cardinals fans needed some good news.

And when Tyrann Mathieu tweeted out “#NoFlyZone is back in full effect. All flights are mandated to land immediately or suffer severe consequences. #32” … well, fans of the Big Red got a big hint of good news to come.

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Sure enough, on Tuesday, the Cardinals activated the Honey Badger from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.

“It’s going to be exciting for me because I’m itching to hit somebody.  And I’m itching to get my hands on the ball.  I’m tired of playing catch with the trainer,” Mathieu said late last week in anticipation of returning to action after his own season-ending knee injury (torn ACL and LCL) in December.

The playmaking safety and fan favorite known widely as the “Honey Badger" was having a standout rookie season, including earning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month honors in October. 

In 13 games, the third round pick had 62 tackles, a sack, two interceptions, four tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a special teams tackle.

In addition, the Cardinals also said that nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu, who tore his ACL in the final game last season, has also come off the list.  

After an off-day, Cards Camp resumes at University of Phoenix Stadium on Wednesday.

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