“He is still contemplating surgery, but I don’t think that is going to be necessary,” coach Bruce Arians said Friday.
Mathieu was the only Cardinals player ruled out of Sunday’s game at Miami. He suffered a shoulder subluxation in Week 8 at Carolina. After resting during the bye, Mathieu missed Arizona’s Week 10 game against San Francisco and the Week 11 game against Minnesota. He played at Atlanta in Week 12, only to miss last week’s game against Washington.
Mathieu’s range of motion and strength, the most important factors in Mathieu blitzing and making tackles, have improved, Arians said. But the team is being careful with Mathieu with the hope that he doesn’t reinjure the shoulder and make surgery necessary, Arians said.
Wide receiver John Brown (illness), linebacker Markus Golden (hamstring), defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (elbow) and cornerback Tharold Simon (ankle) all were limited in practice Friday and will be questionable for the game.