Evan Mathis suggests 2016 is his last season

AP

The Cardinals put guard Evan Mathis on injured reserve with an ankle injury Saturday, which means he’ll be out for at least the next eight weeks and potentially for the rest of the season.

If it’s the latter, that might mean we’ve seen the last of Mathis in an NFL uniform. Mathis entered the league as a third-round pick of the Panthers in 2005 and told Adam Caplan of ESPN that he can only see one unlikely scenario where he would return for a 13th season.

“I’m only going to play if someone lets me be a third down pass rusher,” Mathis said.

After signing with the Cardinals in March, Mathis said he considered retiring after the Broncos won the Super Bowl and passed on signing a multi-year deal because he didn’t want to commit to playing beyond 2016. There’s ample time for that to change before the 2017 season gets underway, but, for now, it looks like Mathis will have to be designated to return this season if he’s ever going to return.