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Tyrann Mathieu, Alameda Ta'amu actived from PUP by Arizona Cardinals

Could either play in the regular season opener?

Christian Petersen

The long-awaited moment has arrived. The Arizona Cardinals have activated both safety Tyrann Mathieu and defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu from the PUP (physically unable to perform) list, as they announced Tuesday afternoon.

They were both placed on PUP on July 23 prior to the start of training camp.

They both may now practice and participate in drills.

There is optimism that Mathieu could play in Week 1 and Ta'amu also has that goal in mind, too.

There is one downside. If either suffers any setback, they cannot be placed on PUP again.

The move to bring them back now gives them 20 days to get "football ready" when the team kicks off their season against the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football September 8.

It is uncertain how quickly they will be brought back and in what role they will be once they are on the field. We can suppose that Ta'amu will continue to rotate in and out with Dan Williams in base defensive packages. Will Mathieu start right away? Will he play both safety and slot corner?

Those are questions that will be answered in the weeks to come.