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Aug 20, 2014 6:49 PM by Associated Press

Cardinals work to replace Dockett; Mathieu returns

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - On the day the Arizona Cardinals went back to work for the first time since Darnell Dockett went down with a knee injury, the impact of losing the big defensive tackle for the season was softened a bit by the return of safety Tyrann Mathieu and nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu.

The 'Honey Badger' Mathieu, a crucial component of Arizona's talented secondary, went down in the 13th game of his impressive rookie season a year ago with a torn ACL and LCL. The massive Ta'amu tore an ACL in the season finale at San Francisco.

Frostee Rucker moves into Dockett's spot, with two rookies behind him.

Arizona is looking at what's available on the free agent market, and coach Bruce Arians says 'a couple of guys" would be worked out Wednesday.

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