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Tyrann Mathieu ruled out for Dolphins Game

For the third time in four weeks, Tyrann Mathieu will be sidelined due to his shoulder injury.

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After missing two games in November, Mathieu returned to play against the Falcons. Unfortunately, he further aggravated his shoulder, and has been out since.

To make matters worse, according to team writer Darren Urban, surgery may be on the table for the star Safety.

Mathieu is in his fourth season with the team, yet this isn't his first major injury.  In 2013 (his rookie season) he tore his ACL and MCL; two years later it was his other ACL that suffered. While he is young and very, very talented, he has missed considerable time.

Tyvon Branch will continue to fill in for Mathieu.  Branch, who has also missed games this season due to a groin injury, has played decently so far, although he did struggle last week against Kirk Cousins and Co.

The Cardinals are a much better team when Mathieu is out on the field.  And given the playoff push they are trying to make happen, hopefully surgery is not necessary.  It would be great to see him back on the field soon.