Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu has been one of the most electrifying defensive players in the NFL ever since he entered the league in 2013.
The 'Honey Badger' however has had awful luck with injuries for such a young player and could be set to miss the rest of the season.
Ed Werder of ESPN today confirmed that luck has gotten even worse, with Mathieu having to undergo surgery on a brutal hand injury suffered against the Atlanta Falcons.
It is being reported that Mathieu has fractured and dislocated the thumb in his right but it would have been possible for him to carry on playing through the injury with some heavy strapping.
However, the Cardinals have stepped in and forced Mathieu to go under the knife, which could potentially keep him out for the rest of the season.
Season in Doubt
According to the reports, Mathieu will be having a long pin surgically inserted into the broken digit in order to fix it correctly, with the recovery time being around three weeks at a minimum.
If the Cardinals fail to make the playoffs then that puts the former LSU star out for the rest of the 2014 season, and even if the Cards do make it then it is no sure thing that he will even be ready to see the field, especially in do or die games against top opposition where he can take no plays off or ease himself back into action.
Tony Jefferson will likely step in for Mathieu, which would be a significant downgrade for the team’s pass defense which has been so stoic so far this season. Mathieu missed the season opener as he finished up rehab from last year’s torn ACL and has 29 tackles and an interception for the season.