Robert Mathis LB IND 1 day ago

Though he hasn't been cleared to run yet, Mathis (Achilles) said Tuesday that he expects to be ready for the beginning of training camp, Alex Marvez of FOX Sports 1 reports.

The news comes just one week after Colts owner Jim Irsay suggested that Mathis likely wouldn't be back from the injury until November. There's still plenty of time between both training camp and the start of the regular season for Mathis' status to be further clarified, and more information should become available as he begins to engage in rehab activities over the next several weeks. Even if Mathis is able to recover in time for Week 1, it's difficult to imagine him having the same kind of impact as a pass rusher now that he'll be entering his age-34 season.

Robert Mathis LB IND 1 week ago

Mathis may not be ready to "re-emerge" from a torn Achilles injury until November, Colts owner Jim Irsay told the team's official web site.

Mathis missed all of last season due to a torn Achilles. Mathis had said he hoped to be ready for spring practices, but this statement sounds like he won't be ready until later this year. At age 34 and coming off a major injury, it's possible his career could be over due to the ailment.

Robert Mathis LB IND 1 month ago

Mathis, who is still recovering from a torn Achilles he suffered in September, is still hoping to participate in at least a portion of spring OTAs, his agent told NFL.com.Mathis' agent, Hadley Engelhard, refuted an ESPN report that his client recently had a setback. Still, it's not clear if Mathis at age 34 will be able to fully recover from the surgery. We'll need to see how he holds up in practice when he does return to determine if he'll be an impact player again.

Robert Mathis LB IND 2 months ago

Mathis is still recovering from a torn Achilles he suffered in September, Kevin Bowen of the Colts' website reports.

It's not clear where Mathis stands in his recovery, and that may not be known for a while, as Colts GM Ryan Grigson said "hopefully in a couple months" the Colts will have an update on his status. It remains to be seen if Mathis will be back at 100 percent when training camps rolls around this summer.

Robert Mathis LB IND 6 months ago

Mathis (Achilles) signed a one-year extension with the Colts on Tuesday, ESPN reports.

Mathis' new contract with the Colts extends through the 2016 season. Although his four-game suspension has now been completed, Mathis remains on injured reserve after suffering a torn Achilles while working out earlier this month. As a result, Mathis, who led the NFL with 19.5 sacks last season, won't be available until the 2015 campaign.

Robert Mathis LB IND 7 months ago

Mathis suffered a torn Achilles last week while working out on his own in Atlanta, NBC ProFootballTalk reports.

Mathis was serving a four-game suspension for taking a performance-enhancing substance, but it looks like he'll miss the full season as a result. It's a huge blow to the Indianapolis defense as he had a career high 19.5 sacks last season.

Robert Mathis LB IND 7 months ago

Mathis (suspension) is unlikely to play in the preseason, ESPN reports.

The Colts had left the door open for him to play in the preseason earlier, but decided it wasn't worth the injury risk. Mathis will miss the first four games of the season due to a NFL suspension for taking a performance-enhancing substance. He is eligible to play in the preseason, however.

Robert Mathis LB IND 8 months ago

Mathis (suspension) did not play in Thursday's preseason loss to the Jets, but is expected to play during the preseason, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Mathis will miss the first four games of the season due to a NFL suspension for taking a performance-enhancing substance. He's eligible to play in the preseason, however, and it sounds like he'll get some playing time after this week.

Robert Mathis LB IND 11 months ago2 Comments

NFL suspended Robert Mathis four games for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs.

Mathis claims his PED use was due to a medical-related issue. He can participate in all offseason practices and preseason games, but won't be eligible to return until Week 5. It's a major blow to the Colts' pass rush, with Bjoern Werner likely to replace Mathis at rush linebacker opposite Erik Walden. Mathis is coming off a career-best 19 1/2 sacks in 2013.

Robert Mathis LB IND 2 years ago

The Colts have moved Robert Mathis to "rush" linebacker in their 3-4 defense, where he'll now rush from the weak side.

Despite modest size (6'2/245), Mathis has been a strong-side defender throughout his career. As the primary rush 'backer, Mathis will now square off with opposing left tackles and have to deal with fewer "chip" blocks from backs and tight ends. The position change could supplement Mathis' sack total because he'll do less edge setting in the run game. Erik Walden and rookie Bjoern Werner are now competing to start on the strong side.