Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu has a fractured and dislocated thumb that will require surgery.
According to Werder, Mathieu will likely miss the team’s next three games and will have a pin inserted into the thumb to ensure proper healing.
Mathieu was one of four Cardinals players injured in the Cardinals’ 29-18 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Running back Andre Ellington suffered a hip pointer and offensive linemen Paul Fanaika and Jared Veldheer have a sprained ankle.
Mathieu has 29 tackles and an interception this season for Arizona (9-3), which owns a one-game lead over the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West.
If Mathieu does indeed miss the next three games, he will sit out contests against the Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams and the Seahawks, before the Cardinals finish up the regular season with a road contest against the San Francisco 49ers.
- Scooby Axson