Robert Mathis coming back, and just in time for Colts D


Robert Mathis still leads the Colts in sacks, even though he’s missed the last three games.

So to say they need him back is an understatement.

Mathis told Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star he was playing Sunday when the Dolphins come to town, hoping to extend his streak of seven games with at least one sack. And it’s been hard watching them flounder without him.

Very hard,” Mathis said. “Never liked to be the guy that sits back and just watches. I always like to be in the fight.”

Mathis sprained his left knee Oct. 7 against the Packers. He practiced Wednesday, but was given Thursday off to recover.

The Colts defense, however, hasn’t recovered while he’s been gone. They have just three sacks in Mathis’ absence, with Dwight Freeney struggling to play through a sprained ankle.

They also have just three takeaways on the season, a number which can be traced back to the lack of a pass-rush. Every other team in the league has at least seven, and their franchise low was 17 last year.

5 responses to “Robert Mathis coming back, and just in time for Colts D

  1. In Miami’s three losses, they turned the ball over 10 times. In their four wins, they turned the ball over 3 times.

    The Colts are going to need a major turnaround in that area to win on Sunday.

  2. Mathis is a terrific pass rusher, but the main issue for Indy will be stopping Miami’s rushing attack.

    If they thought Shonn Greene was difficult to defend (161 yards for 5.0 yards per carry against Indy), they should get ready for a guy named Reggie Bush…

  3. For those of you saying the Colts can’t stop the run, Shonn Greene was a wake up call apparently. The following week, the Colts defense held Trent Richardson to 8 yds on 8 carries. Granted he was coming off of an injury, the media reported that the Browns benched Richardson because he was ineffective. Give that defense some credit. Also, CJ was held to less than 100 yds last week.

  4. When you say Dwight Freeney is struggling to come back from an ankle injury, what you really mean is Dwight Freeney is struggling to play outside linebacker.

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