The Arizona Cardinals, in addition to getting a 40-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles and clinching the NFC West title, suffered a scare at the end of the game. Safety Tyrann Mathieu, after intercepting a Sam Bradford pass, fell to the ground and was clearly hurt. He appeared to injure his right knee or leg and it was a non-contact injury.
With Mathieu having had a serious injury on his left knee previously, many players were concerned. The mood was serious. Patrick Peterson and Larry Fitzgerald accompanied him as he left to get X-rays.
It is the sort of thing and it was a feeling where you fear the worst.
Quarterback Carson Palmer mentioned everyone is praying for him, calling the victory bittersweet.
Head coach Bruce Arians had nothing to add about Mathieu's status, saying simply he had no update and he doesn't know the extent of the injury.
But there is optimism. Mathieu was seen in the locker room and he wasn't limping. He was happy and smiling.
Peterson said "he's walking around good," but everyone would know more in a couple of days from the team doctor.
So it appears that perhaps it is nothing serious. We will have to wait and see as to whether it limits his practice time or if it causes him to lose any playing time.
He even tweeted something that appears to be good news.
December 21, 2015
For now, it looks good, although it is the sort of injury and he is the sort of player where it makes a fan very nervous.