Cardinals' Veldheer on IR, Mathieu out 3-6 weeks

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says left tackle Jared Veldheer will be placed on injured reserve with a torn triceps and safety/cornerback Tyrann Mathieu will be out three to six weeks with a shoulder injury.

Both were hurt in Sunday's 30-20 loss at Carolina.

The 6-foot-8, 321-pound Veldheer was the anchor of Arizona's offensive line and is in the third year of a five-year free agent deal he signed with the Cardinals in 2014.

Arians said John Wetzel will move into Veldheer's spot. The Cardinals already had lost starting right guard Evan Mathis to a season-ending ankle injury.

Mathieu was working his way back to his old All-Pro form after undergoing knee surgery in the offseason. Before the season began, Mathieu signed a five-year, $62.5 million contract with the Cardinals, with $21.5 million guaranteed.

The Cardinals, a disappointing 3-4-1, have the coming weekend off.


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