Tyrann Mathieu with the Saints in June 2022.

The New Orleans Saints received some good news Tuesday night as Tyrann Mathieu returned to practice. Mathieu, who signed with the team in May, missed the first six practices of fall camp due to personal reasons.

Mathieu’s return to Saints’ training camp is a shot in the arm the team needed. But as recently as Monday, head coach Dennis Allen had no clue as to when the star was returning.

“We’re kind of allowing him the space to handle what he needs to handle, and we’ll be sitting here with open arms when he’s ready to come back,” Allen said Monday.

Mathieu (seen above at the Saints’ minicamp in June) signed a huge $28 million contract with the Saints back in May and is expected to start at one of the safety positions alongside Marcus Maye.

Mathieu is playing in his 10th year in the NFL and the Saints are his fourth team. The former LSU product probably had his best seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019 and 2020, where he made back-to-back Pro Bowls.

Now, the New Orleans native is back home. And expectations are high that he will continue his success with the Saints’ defense, who had a pretty good year overall last season. With Mathieu on the team now, their defensive lineup has only gotten better.

[Nola.com; photo from Stephen Lew/USA Today Sports]

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