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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
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Colts GM Ryan Grigson said OLB Robert Mathis (Achilles') might not be ready for training camp.
Mathis will be 10 months removed from surgery when training camp starts. It puts him on track to be cleared if he avoids setbacks, but the Colts figure to move Mathis along slowly after he missed all of 2014. Mathis signed an extension in September and is under contract the next two seasons. Turning 34 in February, Mathis can't be counted on to make a big 2015 impact. Jan 23 - 8:04 PM

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Colts signed OLB Robert Mathis to a one-year contract extension.

The 33-year-old Mathis was suspended the first four games of the season for PEDs and is currently on the NFI list with a torn Achilles. He's now technically not an impending free agent until 2016, but this extension is structured as a $6 million team option. Mathis will have to prove his health to avoid getting cut.
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 12:06:00 PM

Colts placed OLB Robert Mathis (Achilles') on the reserve/non-football injury list.

Mathis tore his Achilles' tendon working out on his own in early September. The 2013 Defensive Player of the Year runner-up is done for the season. Mathis turns 34 next February. His base salary for 2015 will be a reasonable $4 million, although Mathis is also due a $3 million offseason roster bonus.
Mon, Sep 29, 2014 04:06:00 PM

Suspended Colts OLB Robert Mathis is undergoing surgery on his torn Achilles' Thursday.

Mathis will have plenty of time to get healthy for 2015. Five months shy of his 33rd birthday, Mathis will be coming off injury and suspension next season, but is due an affordable $7 million between salary and bonuses. It's possible the sides will agree to a short contract extension in the offseason.
Thu, Sep 11, 2014 01:46:00 PM

Profootballtalk reports suspended Colts OLB Robert Mathis has suffered a torn Achilles' tendon, and is done for the season.

Per PFT, Mathis suffered the injury working out his own last week. It means he'll revert to injured reserve upon his Week 5 activation from the suspended list, and leaves a crater the size of Indianapolis in the Colts' front seven. Mathis was DPOY worthy in 2013, earning first team All-Pro honors while racking up 19.5 sacks. The Colts are now stuck with Bjoern Werner and Erik Walden at outside linebacker, and minus one of the only difference makers on their defense. The Colts are going to be in a lot of shootouts. Now 33, Mathis is signed through 2015.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 02:49:00 PM

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.
Fri, May 16, 2014 04:57:00 PM

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

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