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All-Pro Tyrann Mathieu is back at work

All-Pro Tyrann Mathieu is back at work
Injured Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu watches from the sidelines during practice at training camp on Aug. 9.
(Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press)

Tyrann Mathieu, Justin Bethel and Frostee Rucker on Sunday practiced for the first time this training camp, and Arizona Cardinals Coach Bruce Arians said “there’s no doubt” all three will be ready for the Sept. 11 season opener. 

Mathieu, an All-Pro safety last season who is coming back from surgery to repair a torn right anterior cruciate ligament, participated in several plays in 11-on-11 drills with the first unit, surprising teammates with how much he was able to do. 

“I’ve got my swag back,” he said.

Bethel, a cornerback, is returning from foot surgery and defensive lineman Rucker had a foot injury that might have been related to off-season ankle surgery. A three-time Pro Bowl selection on special teams, Bethel started four games at cornerback last season and was considered a leading candidate for the job this year. But, in his absence, the job has gone to rookie Brandon Williams.

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Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey has a left hip injury, suffered in an exhibition game Friday at Dallas, that could force him to miss the season opener, Coach Adam Gase said. ...

New York Giants Coach Ben McAdoo said wide receiver Victor Cruz will practice Monday. Cruz, who missed all of 2015 because he was hurt, left practice Aug. 9 after a groin injury.


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