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Robert Mathis tears Achilles tendon

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The Colts’ defense looked a little lost last night, missing the pass rush provided by Robert Mathis.

They’ll need to find a way to fix it.

Multiple league sources tell PFT that Mathis suffered a torn Achilles last week while working out on his own in Atlanta.  His season is now over.

Mathis had three games remaining on his suspension for violating the PED policy, which he claimed arose from taking a fertility drug.

But now, they won’t be getting him back for the final three-fourths of the season.

The 33-year-old Mathis had 19.5 sacks in 2013, his first without Dwight Freeney.  The Colts had given him a four-year, $36 million deal prior to the 2012 season, and he’s due to make $5 million this year and $7 million in 2015.

Because the injury happened away from the team facility, the Colts could place Mathis on the non-football injury list and withhold this year’s money, setting the stage to part ways with an aging and banged-up player this offseason.

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54 Responses to “Robert Mathis tears Achilles tendon”
  1. muscles1331 says: Sep 8, 2014 2:43 PM

    His season is now “owner”.

    Interesting turn of events there.

  2. mrpresident50 says: Sep 8, 2014 2:44 PM

    Tear an ACL and your season is now owner.

    Somebody had to replace Irsay.

  3. 12444uggg says: Sep 8, 2014 2:46 PM

    You’ve gotta be kidding me. Ugh.

  4. ctiggs says: Sep 8, 2014 2:46 PM

    Thats what his wife said.

  5. obsession55 says: Sep 8, 2014 2:47 PM


  6. justintuckrule says: Sep 8, 2014 2:47 PM

    So they’re gonna withhold his money because he was doing the right thing by the team keeping in shape? That seems like an Irsay thing to do and a slimeball Goodell thing to uphold such a low rent move.

  7. bradyrevisgronk1224 says: Sep 8, 2014 2:48 PM

    Wow what a big loss for the Colts they have so a great team. I don’t know where they will get pass rush from now. But that means that Luck and the offense will have to score a lot of points to win because without any pass rush you aren’t stopping the opposing teams offense. Sucks to be a Colts fan they had such a great off-season I had them in the AFC championship. Still early in the season so they have time to figure it out.

  8. tony1oh1no says: Sep 8, 2014 2:48 PM

    Looks Ray Rice’s season is owner as well

  9. djshnooks says: Sep 8, 2014 2:48 PM

    With his season now being owner, does that come with an increase in pay, or nah?

  10. indytom87 says: Sep 8, 2014 2:49 PM

    Time for Warner to earn his first round selection.

  11. The Steelers are Marching. 7 rings. SFL 2015: restoring the game we created. says: Sep 8, 2014 2:49 PM

    Haha! Yes!

  12. coltsfreek says: Sep 8, 2014 2:49 PM

    At his age… I hope he recovers to live a comfortable life, would be “sprinkles on top” if he came back just as good for the Colts.

  13. rooneyruleblues says: Sep 8, 2014 2:50 PM

    Colts season is over.

  14. timcast12 says: Sep 8, 2014 2:51 PM

    That’s the whole colts defense

  15. coltsreign says: Sep 8, 2014 2:51 PM

    That was our last chance

  16. renoramsfan says: Sep 8, 2014 2:52 PM

    Better hit that HGH to heal his old man body

  17. coltfan21 says: Sep 8, 2014 2:52 PM

    Well crap. Get well soon 98.

  18. kmurph1226 says: Sep 8, 2014 2:53 PM

    Wow… I think the AFC South is still the Colts to lose but they need Luck to play at an elite level all year.

  19. calhounlambeau says: Sep 8, 2014 2:54 PM

    An achillies tendon is not an ACL, people.

  20. coltstrong says: Sep 8, 2014 2:56 PM

    His salary at 7 million for 2015 seems reasonable until you figure he is going to be 34 coming off an Achilles injury and Andrew Luck is going to have to get paid.

    He may very have just played his last game for the Colts, which is sad. Love this guy’s competitiveness.

    Sorry Robert, but Oakland will be in touch!

  21. smalltownqb says: Sep 8, 2014 2:57 PM

    Smart of the Colts PR department to slip this in today.

  22. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 8, 2014 2:58 PM

    Gives Bob time at home to have the baby.

  23. sportzpig says: Sep 8, 2014 2:59 PM

    Funny how these ‘roiders always start breaking down.

  24. kepdogg23 says: Sep 8, 2014 3:00 PM

    Oh no. After seeing the pass rush last night, this could mean trouble

  25. mungman69 says: Sep 8, 2014 3:01 PM

    No, at his age it’s worse

  26. broncosnative says: Sep 8, 2014 3:03 PM

    Damn, you lose one of your best players on offense last year, now you lose your best player on defense. It’s gonna come down to luck ( I’m talking about the QB) to guide this team far again. That’s ok, he’ll get the job done

  27. cshearing says: Sep 8, 2014 3:03 PM

    Wow, that’s some bad luck. Is some little devilish gremlin going around slicing achilles? Is that like 4 just this weekend in the NFL?

  28. danind says: Sep 8, 2014 3:05 PM

    these guys get off the steroids and HGH and their bodies start breaking down. happens every time.

    and yes, he was on steroids, I don’t care what “story” he made up about the suspension. Look at his ridiculous season last year after many years of decline.

  29. nflinsider711 says: Sep 8, 2014 3:06 PM

    Will his suspension carry over to next season or does he get to watch his suspension go by injured?

  30. jkp777 says: Sep 8, 2014 3:10 PM

    Time for Grigson to trade our 1st rounder to replace Mathis…

  31. texansdan says: Sep 8, 2014 3:14 PM

    Once again, steroids will strengthen the muscles, but NOT the tendons.

  32. jolink653 says: Sep 8, 2014 3:15 PM

    Hate to see a great competitor like Mathis go down with this kind of injury. I know he’s terrorized the Patriots over the years, but the game is a lot more fun with him in it.

    Get well soon and hope to see him 100% healthy next season

  33. atthemurph says: Sep 8, 2014 3:16 PM

    jkp777 says:
    Sep 8, 2014 3:10 PM
    Time for Grigson to trade our 1st rounder to replace Mathis…

    I think he’s already getting ready to trade a 1st to replace the guy he got with his last trade of a 1st – Trent Richardson.

    That guy is a total dud. Maybe a 1st for Dwight Freeney?

  34. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 8, 2014 3:17 PM

    My buddy just told me
    “You know Irsay is just dying to send a tweet”

    It’s gotta be eating him up inside…

  35. jrebar88 says: Sep 8, 2014 3:20 PM

    See what happens when you can’t cheat?

  36. patriotsarespygaters says: Sep 8, 2014 3:37 PM

    They have andreew luck and are in a bad division if luck is who they say he is he will throw them out of trouble speedy recovery for mathis though

  37. all4patriots says: Sep 8, 2014 3:40 PM

    Irsay deserves 0-16 seasons every year until he sells the team. This won’t quite get them there, unfortunately.

  38. The Steelers are Marching. 7 rings. SFL 2015: restoring the game we created. says: Sep 8, 2014 3:52 PM


  39. jetsfaninindy says: Sep 8, 2014 3:54 PM

    Karma caught up with him for using infertility as his reason to roid up.

  40. bengcolt says: Sep 8, 2014 3:54 PM

    The Clots season is not reliant on one single player. Yes he is a good pass rusher, a very important key player, but they can make due. They made changes to their defense once Freeney left and they managed. They have a couple pro bowlers in their secondary as is….. its manageable .

  41. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Sep 8, 2014 3:55 PM

    Injuries suck. Sorry to hear that. Mathis has been a fantastic player for a long time. Leon Hall has come back from two Achillies injuries over the past three years. Mathis can too.

  42. partmachine says: Sep 8, 2014 3:58 PM

    What does this have to do with the Ravens?

  43. firerogergoodellnow says: Sep 8, 2014 4:11 PM

    If Luck gets hurt, 7 or 8 wins could be enough to win this division.

  44. RegisHawk says: Sep 8, 2014 4:20 PM

    Turns out it’s harder to stay in shape when you’re off the PEDs.

  45. TheWizard says: Sep 8, 2014 4:55 PM

    Must have been some workout.

    I’d like to hear a description of how that happened.

  46. briang123 says: Sep 8, 2014 5:02 PM

    The perfect replacement is sitting right there on the Cowboys practice squad, Michael Sam. Sam would give the Colts pass rush a needed lift now that this has happened. If they don’t sign him, we will all know how the Colts really are.

  47. cobrala2 says: Sep 8, 2014 5:37 PM

    That’s a damn shame for him and the Colts. The worst part of football.

  48. raiders4ever says: Sep 8, 2014 8:03 PM

    The INDY Colts are already making excuses why they wont win the super bowl..oh Mathis is hurt so there goes the season ??…they act like they won few super bowls with him on the team…its zero and will stay zero…lol

  49. all4patriots says: Sep 8, 2014 8:42 PM

    I heard that he hurt it rescuing a drowning kid

  50. eviltwin007 says: Sep 8, 2014 9:23 PM

    justintuckrule says:
    Sep 8, 2014 2:47 PM
    So they’re gonna withhold his money because he was doing the right thing by the team keeping in shape? That seems like an Irsay thing to do and a slimeball Goodell thing to uphold such a low rent move.
    It’s in most players contracts that they don’t have to pay if it’s a non football injury. Don’t feel sorry for them they signed on the dotted line so they know what can happened.

  51. eviltwin007 says: Sep 8, 2014 9:31 PM

    @all4patriots…. Why do you feel Irsay deserves to go 0-16 every season? It’s not like Patriots are a clean organization. They should have to give up those 3 Super Bowls that they cheated to win.

  52. eviltwin007 says: Sep 8, 2014 9:33 PM

    @raiders4ever….Do some fact checking before you post something. The Colts won Super Bowl 41 with Mathis. What have the Raiders done in the past decade?

  53. eviltwin007 says: Sep 8, 2014 9:35 PM

    @briang123….The Colts don’t need Sam. We need a real player. If Sam was so good, he’d be on an active squad right now.

  54. ddogdaddy says: Sep 8, 2014 11:22 PM


    That a boy, give em hell. I was going to say that you made that Raiders fan look stupid but he actually did the work for you.

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