The ''Honey Badger'' is about to get his first NFL start.
Arizona coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday that rookie Tyrann Mathieu will start at free safety in place of injured Rashad Johnson when the Cardinals play the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday.
Mathieu has been a sensation in training camp as he looks to make a comeback after being booted from the LSU team for marijuana use and sitting out football altogether last season.
In his NFL debut in Arizona's 17-0 victory at Green Bay last week, Mathieu had a 12-yard sack, a tackle for loss, a pass defended, two special teams tackles and a 24-yard punt return.
Johnson has a mild ankle and knee sprain, injuries that occurred when he broke up a pass late in practice on Monday.
''We'll be cautious with him,'' Arians said. ''He's having such a great camp.''
Mathieu said is among those who has ''shown me the ropes'' about playing safety and he wishes him a speedy recovery. When Johnson returns, Mathieu still figures prominently in Arizona's d...