Cardinals’ Mathieu has fractured thumb, may miss 3 weeks

Tempe, AZ ( – The Arizona Cardinals are dealing with many
key injuries following Sunday’s 29-18 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

The Cardinals watched safety Tyrann Mathieu (thumb), right guard Paul Fanaika
(ankle) and running back Andre Ellington (hip pointer) exit the game early. In
addition, left tackle Jared Veldheer suffered an ankle injury late in the

Mathieu has a broken left thumb and his status for Sunday’s game against
Kansas City is unknown. He was at the doctor as Arizona coach Bruce Arians met
with the media Monday.

Arians said Mathieu could have a pin inserted in the thumb to help it heal, a
procedure that would cost him three weeks. There is also a chance Mathieu
will be able to cast it up and play.

Fanaika, Ellington and Veldheer will be monitored as the week progresses.

Arians also said that wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who has missed the past
two games with a sprained MCL in his left knee, should be able to practice on

Linebacker Matt Shaughnessy (knee) is expected to play Sunday. He has been
practicing but wasn’t allowed to be activated until this week after being
placed on the injured reserve-designated to return list earlier this season.