Robert Mathis suffers setback on Achilles rehab

AP

Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis missed the entire 2014 season because of a PED suspension followed by a torn Achilles tendon. His 2015 isn’t looking great, either.

Mike Wells of ESPN reports that Mathis suffered a slight setback as he works to rehab his torn Achilles. According to Wells, there were rumors that Mathis re-tore his Achilles, so the fact that those rumors are false is good news. But any setback is bad news.

It’s especially bad news because Mathis will turn 34 next week. He’s at the age where he’d be expected to slow down even if he were fully healthy. After a year without playing and a serious injury, a slowdown seems like a certainty.

Mathis had his best season in 2013, recording 19.5 sacks. It’s not realistic to think he’s going to be that kind of player again, but the Colts still hope he can be an above-average pass rusher for them in 2015.

18 responses to “Robert Mathis suffers setback on Achilles rehab

  1. Achilles injuries suck! I tore mine up along with my calf muscle downhill skiing. 1 year later and I’m still not 100%. I’m sure I’m not rehabbing like an NFL player, but I was still shocked how long it’s taking me to get back to normal.

  2. If there was a set-back and it wasn’t re-torn, I’m curious as to what it was, because I’d think partially re-torn would be just as bad.

  3. Saw him during a game in 2013 take his helmet off and I said – “that dude is DEFINITELY on the juice right now”.

    Certainly helped him get 19.5 sacks no doubt!

  4. Probably the most stressed tendon in the body and therefore once injured never the same.
    Plus, add his age, the PED use, whether prescribed by his fertility doctor or not and I have to say Roberts NFL career is over.

  5. Ruptured achilles tendons are actually one of the most common injuries suffered by athletes in their late 20’s/early 30’s. It has nothing to do with muscle mass or steroid use. It’s just an over-use injury that occurs as a result the tendon weakening over time as a result of inflammation. It’s especially common in sports which feature sudden explosive movements, jumping, or rapid changes in direction such as football, basketball, baseball, soccer, or tennis. I was a collegiate soccer player, and I tore mine when I was 32. Mine responded so well to the initial reconstructive surgery that I tried to push my re-hab too hard, and partially re-ruptured it. It took me over a year to come back after due to the necessity of being conservative. Hopefully Robert Mathis didn’t suffer a similar re-injury.

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