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Cardinals' Tyrann Mathieu to have thumb surgery, expected to be sidelined 3 weeks

FILE - This Nov. 9, 2014, file photo shows Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in Glendale, Ariz. Mathieu will undergo surgery on his fractured left thumb on Wednesday and could be sidelined until the team’s regular-season finale. Mathieu will have a pin inserted in the thumb. The Cardinals said Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014,  that the thumb would need ``a couple of weeks’’ to heal, then Mathieu would play with it in a cast.(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

FILE - This Nov. 9, 2014, file photo shows Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in Glendale, Ariz. Mathieu will undergo surgery on his fractured left thumb on Wednesday and could be sidelined until the team’s regular-season finale. Mathieu will have a pin inserted in the thumb. The Cardinals said Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, that the thumb would need ``a couple of weeks’’ to heal, then Mathieu would play with it in a cast.(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)  (The Associated Press)

Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu will undergo surgery on his fractured left thumb on Wednesday and could be sidelined until the team's regular-season finale.

Mathieu will have a pin inserted in the thumb. The Cardinals said Tuesday that the thumb would need a couple of weeks to heal, then Mathieu would play with it in a cast.

Coach Bruce Arians said Monday that, if Mathieu needed surgery, he would be out three weeks. That would have him returning for the team's final regular-season game Dec. 28 at San Francisco.

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