As the regular season fast approaches, the Arizona Cardinals are slowly healing up.
A trio of Cardinals -- safety Tyrann Mathieu, cornerback Justin Bethel and defensive tackle Frostee Rucker -- were removed from the team's Active/Physically Unable to Perform list, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians announced Tuesday.
It will be a while longer, however, before all three men will be cleared for practice.
Coach Arians speaks w media in SD. Says Bethel, Mathieu & Rucker off PUP. Walk-thru's for now but not practice pic.twitter.com/lZNmeyWgiF
— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) August 16, 2016
Arians said still no timetable when Mathieu, Rucker, Bethel will practice. Mathieu "close." #CardsCamp
— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) August 16, 2016
Mathieu, a 2015 All-Pro selection, is coming off an ACL tear he suffered late last season. He signed a $62.5 million extension with the Cardinals last week.
Me & @Jbet26 been grinding...... We will be Ready!!!
— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) August 16, 2016
Bethel and Rucker have both been dealing with foot injuries. Rucker started 13 games for the Cards last season, recording three sacks and a safety.
In somewhat of a surprise move, Bethel has been listed as a second-stringer on the Cardinals' depth chart behind rookie cornerback Brandon Williams, who was tested early and often during the Cards' preseason loss to the Raiders on Friday.