Robert Mathis LB IND 3 Months

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 4 Months

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 4 Months

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 5 Months

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 8 Months2 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 Mar 25 '79

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.

Robert Mathis LB IND Aug 24 '78

Colts OLB Robert Mathis (back) will return for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Mathis, who has six sacks in just five games played this season, will start opposite Dwight Freeney. Jerry Hughes goes back to a rotational role.

Robert Mathis LB IND Aug 20 '78

Colts OLB Robert Mathis (back) is inactive for Thursday night's game against the Jaguars.

Jerry Hughes will get the start in Mathis' place. Mathis leads the teams with six sacks, but Hughes is second with three. The Colts also declared CBs Vontae Davis and Jerraud Powers, C Samson Satele, RT Winston Justice, DE Clifton Geathers, and TE Coby Fleener inactive.

Robert Mathis LB IND Aug 16 '78

Colts OLB Robert Mathis (back) was unable to return to Sunday's victory over the Dolphins.

In his first game back from a knee sprain, Mathis sustained a back injury in the second quarter. The severity is unknown right now.

Robert Mathis LB IND Aug 15 '78

Colts OLB Robert Mathis and C Samson Satele were both forced out of Sunday's game with back injuries.

Both are questionable to return. Mathis produced a sack in his eighth consecutive game before exiting. He's been replaced by Jerry Hughes while A.Q. Shipley has taken over for Satele at center.