Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) during the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Rick Scuteri
December 23, 2016

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals have placed defensive back Tyrann Mathieu on injured reserve, the third time the do-everything defensive back has finished the year on the injury list in his four NFL seasons.

Mathieu had been trying to play through a shoulder injury before the decision was made Friday to place him on injured reserve.

The 2015 All-Pro selection never has played a full season.

He never was his ''Honey Badger'' self this year after undergoing season-ending right knee surgery in 2015. He had a much more severe left knee injury in 2013.

Mathieu played in 10 games this season, with 36 tackles, all but three unassisted. He had one interception, a forced fumble and three passes defensed.

In August, Mathieu signed a six-year, $62.5 million contract extension, with $21.5 million guaranteed.

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