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Arizona Cardinals news 12/22: Mathieu tears ACL, David Johnson's big game

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Monday brought bad news about Tyrann Mathieu, as it was revealed his season is over with another torn ACL. Here is the news that came around Monday.

Cardinals:

Cardinals Blogs | Eagles, and Honey Badger, aftermath
"We want to put banners up," defensive tackle Frostee Rucker said. "We want to keep this thing rolling, and we’re on the right track."

Torn ACL Ends Tyrann Mathieu's Season

During all-pro-type year, Cardinals lose safety to knee injury

Birdgang Sound-Off: Tyrann Mathieu Well-Wishes

Star safety received an outpouring of support after torn ACL announcement

Cardinals Blogs | Mathieu done for season — but it happens

"Luckily we have the next couple of days off to let this emotionally sink in," safety Rashad Johnson said. "Not so much not having our guy to play in the playoffs, but our hearts go out to him because of everything he’s been through and how hard he has worked to get back to this point and having the season he’s having."

Arizona Cardinals' Tyrann Mathieu out for season with torn right ACL - Stats & Info- ESPN

Tyrann Mathieu is one of three players with at least five interceptions and 80 tackles this season. Check out more of the key stats here.

Arizona Cardinals adjust secondary without Tyrann Mathieu - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN

With Tyrann Mathieu sidelined for the rest of the season, expect Jerraud Powers to move from outside corner to Mathieu's nickel cornerback role.

David Johnson gives Arizona Cardinals title threat in backfield - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN

David Johnson showed he's a running back who can carry the Cardinals not just to a division title but on a deep playoff run.

Life changing fast for Arizona Cardinals rookie David Johnson

Life can change in the blink of an eye.

Boivin: Should Tyrann Mathieu still have been on field?

News that Mathieu suffered a season-ending knee injury raises fair question: Should Mathieu still have been on the field?

Cardinals rewind: What we learned in win over Eagles

Rewind from Cardinals-Eagles game

Bruce Arians: Doctor said Tyrann Mathieu's knee is 'loose'

Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu was scheduled to have an MRI exam this morning on his injured knee and General Manager Steve Keim said there was no update as of yet on the player’s status.

Earning playoff slot pales in comparison to Cardinals' lofty goals | FOX Sports

Earning playoff slot pales in comparison to Cardinals' lofty goals

Loss of Tyrann Mathieu hurts, but does not kill Cardinals

This is probably about the time when you are wondering why the Arizona Cardinals are not allowed to have nice things.

All-Access with Bruce Arians: Losing Mathieu, moving forward

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, now in his third year with the team, meets with the media the day after every game.

Steve Keim: Maturity and leadership in the locker room helps

Sometimes, it’s best to go straight to the man in charge. And when it comes to the Arizona Cardinals’ roster, that man is Steve Keim.

NFL:

Lions vs. Saints 2015 final score: 3 things we learned from Detroit's 35-27 road win - SBNation.com
The Lions nearly gave the game away, but come away with the road win on Monday night.

Drew Brees becomes 4th player in NFL history to hit 60,000 career passing yards - SBNation.com
Brees needed 173 yards on Monday to reach the milestone.

MMBM: Don't blame Odell Beckham Jr. Blame Cam Newton. - SBNation.com
Mr. Newton has a lot of growing up to do in the leadership department if he wants to protect his teammates.

Odell Beckham Jr. suspended 1 game for 'malicious' hit vs. Panthers - SBNation.com
Odell Beckham Jr. is the first offensive player to ever be suspended for a helmet-to-helmet strike.

NFL scores and more, Week 15: What happened on Sunday - SBNation.com
Another wild Sunday is in the books. Danny Kelly walks you through all the action and arms you with some water cooler talking points.

Odell Beckham Jr.'s beef with the Panthers is somehow now about baseball bats - SBNation.com
Comments were made by Panthers directed at Beckham in pregame that they were going to "beat the s**t out of him."

Charles Woodson announces he will retire after the regular season - SBNation.com
Woodson is a shoo-in for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

It's still possible an 11-win Broncos team doesn't make the playoffs - SBNation.com
With two weeks left to play, teams like the Jaguars and Falcons are somehow still alive and the Vikings and Broncos haven't yet clinched spots.

'Riverboat' Ron Rivera rolling the dice by playing Panthers starters - SBNation.com
The Panthers are a team that has thrived off of having fun and riding momentum, so why start being conservative now?

2016 NFL mock draft: Another big year for big guys - SBNation.com
Teams will have plenty of options at offensive and defensive tackle in next year's draft, and no one is better than the Ole Miss left tackle.