Alameda Ta'amu sets return for Week 1

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Seven months after he tore his ACL in Week 17, Cardinals nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu has his eyes set on a return.

Ta’amu said Saturday he’s between 65-70 percent healthy and is optimistic about returning for the Cardinals’ season opener against San Diego on “Monday Night Football.”

“It feels really good,” he said.

Ta’amu hasn’t tested his knee in a game-like situation, meaning he hasn’t practiced leaning on an offensive lineman. Conact drills may not begin until the second preseason game at the earliest.

But is six weeks enough time for Ta’amu to make up the remaining 35 percent?

He ran during the Cards’ conditioning test Friday, although he wasn’t competing against his teammates instead running under the watchful eye of a trainer.

“I just got to strengthen my knee up, make sure it’s strong enough so I can go out and perform,” Ta’amu said.