Robert Mathis LB IND 2 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 Jun 14 '13

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 Nov 13 '12

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 Nov 08 '12

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 Nov 05 '12

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 Nov 04 '12

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 He's been replaced by Jerry Hughes while A.Q. Shipley has taken over for Satele at center.

Robert Mathis LB IND Nov 04 '12

Robert Mathis (knee, questionable) told NFL.com's Albert Breer that he will play on Sunday against the Dolphins.

Mathis added that he will be responsible for his own snap management. The sack specialist has missed the last three games with a sprained MCL in his left knee. Mathis, unlike Dwight Freeney, has adjusted well to the 3-4 defense. He has five sacks and 16 tackles in four games played.

Robert Mathis LB IND Nov 01 '12

Robert Mathis (knee) is expected to return for Sunday's game versus the Dolphins.

The team's leading sack artist has missed the last three games after spraining his left knee Oct. 7 against Green Bay. While the Colts have held held their last two opponents to 13 points apiece, they've managed just three sacks with Mathis out of the lineup.

Robert Mathis LB IND Oct 26 '12

Robert Mathis (knee) returned to a limited practice Friday and is listed as "questionable" for Sunday's game against the Titans.

Mathis, out since Week 5, is shaping up as a game-time decision. LB Pat Angerer (questionable, foot) and DE Cory Redding (questionable, knee) are tentatively expected to play after returning to full practices. If Mathis can't go, Jerry Hughes will start in his place.

Robert Mathis LB IND Oct 24 '12

Robert Mathis (sprained left knee) missed practice on Wednesday.

Mathis was injured against the Packers in Week 5 and was then given a two-to-three week recovery timetable, but he looks questionable at best for Sunday's game against the Titans. Jerry Hughes has filled in admirably in Mathis' absence with 11 tackles and a sack in the past two weeks.