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Robert Mathis | Linebacker

Team: Indianapolis Colts
Age / DOB:  (33) / 2/26/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 245
College: Alabama A&M
Contract: view contract details

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NFL suspended Colts OLB Robert Mathis four games for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs.
Per's Ian Rapoport, Mathis tested positive for a fertility drug called Clomid, which is a banned substance. Mathis can participate in 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. May 16 - 4:57 PM

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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.
Fri, Jun 14, 2013 04:57:00 PM

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.
Tue, Nov 13, 2012 11:31:00 AM

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.
Thu, Nov 8, 2012 07:17:00 PM

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.
Mon, Nov 5, 2012 10:15:00 AM

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.
Sun, Nov 4, 2012 03:05:00 PM

Robert Mathis (knee, questionable) told'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.
Sun, Nov 4, 2012 08:54:00 AM

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 their last two opponents to 13 points apiece, they've managed just three sacks with Mathis out of the lineup.
Thu, Nov 1, 2012 07:10:00 PM

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.
Fri, Oct 26, 2012 07:31:00 PM

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.
Wed, Oct 24, 2012 08:15:00 PM

Robert Mathis (sprained left knee) will be sidelined 2-3 weeks.

Mathis sought a second opinion of exiting Sunday's win over the Packers, but apparently received the same word he did from his first doctor. It's rough news for a Colts team that just got back Dwight Freeney, as Mathis has tallied five sacks in four games. Indy's bye was in Week 4, so Mathis will likely miss at least two games.
Wed, Oct 10, 2012 03:46:00 PM

Robert Mathis was forced from Sunday's game against the Packers with a sprained left knee, and will not return.

Mathis could be seen mouthing "I'll be back" as he walked to the sideline mid-way through the fourth quarter, but couldn't return after being fitted with a brace. He was moving without a hitch, and likely isn't more than day-to-day. Mathis notched a sack before going down.
Sun, Oct 7, 2012 04:21:00 PM

Robert Mathis will play strong-side outside linebacker in the Colts' new hybrid defensive scheme.

Mathis compared his role to outgoing SAM 'backer Jarret Johnson's. Johnson was more of a two-down, run-stopping edge-setter, though, and Mathis will stay on the field to rush the passer on nickel downs. Mathis could be an attractive target if he maintains defensive line eligibility in IDP leagues. We'd put his over/under on tackles at about 70, and sacks at around eight or nine.
Sun, Mar 18, 2012 03:47:00 PM

The Indianapolis Star reports that Colts DE Robert Mathis' new contract is worth $36 million over four seasons.

The deal includes a $15M signing bonus and $24M over the first two seasons. Because the initial bonus payment can prorate over the contract's life if Mathis is released early on, the Colts are rolling the dice that Mathis has at least three big years left in him. Mathis, 31, tallied 9.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in 16 games last season. He will play more with his hand up in Indianapolis, perhaps in the Terrell Suggs role for Chuck Pagano's hybrid defense.
Mon, Mar 5, 2012 08:53:00 PM

Colts agreed to terms with DE Robert Mathis on a multi-year contract.

The Colts initially tagged Mathis just before Monday's 4ET deadline, then announced the extension later in the day. While Mathis turned 31 years old late last month, he is expected to be a featured pass rusher in Indianapolis' new-look defense. Mathis ranks second in Colts franchise history in sacks (83.5), behind only Dwight Freeney. Freeney's future in the organization is less certain, however, due to a base salary in excess of $14 million.
Mon, Mar 5, 2012 06:06:00 PM

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