Tyrann Mathieu won’t play unless 100-percent healthy

Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu is looking to get back on the field with his team after suffering a season-ending knee injury late in the 2015 season. He is pretty confident that he will be ready to go this year, but he wants to be absolutely sure he is ready to play.

Mathieu was attending a fundraiser for coach Bruce Arians’ foundation on Sunday when he spoke to The Arizona Republic about his chances to play in the season open against the New England Patriots.

“If I’m 90 percent, then I don’t necessarily want to go out there,” Mathieu said Sunday evening. “But if I’m 100 percent, I definitely want to be out there.

“I’ve already shown who I am and what I am, so my objective is to come back that same person. And if I can’t come back that same person, maybe I should wait until I am that person again.”

Mathieu tore his ACL and LCL in the 2013 season and returned to play 13 games in 2014, but he knew that he wasn’t feeling like himself.

“I looked at the stat sheet at the end of the season and thought, ‘That’s not me,’” he said.

Before suffering his injury last season, Tyrann Mathieu had recorded a career high five interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. He also added 17 pass deflections and 80 tackles, also both career highs.

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