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The Colts have ruled S Clayton Geathers (concussion, neck) and OLB Robert Mathis (biceps) out for Monday night's game against the Jets. Geathers had practiced in full Wednesday but sat out Thursday. He was reportedly set to see a neurologist Friday afternoon in the final step of the concussion protocol but is clearly not ready to play between the 2 injuries. We'll see about his status next week. Mathis hasn't been an IDP option this season anyway, and the Colts hold little appeal as a fantasy team D.

Colts HC Chuck Pagano told reporters after Sunday's walkthrough that OLB Robert Mathis will open training camp on the PUP list. "It would be stupid on our part just to say, ‘OK, hey you’re healthy, you’ve been cleared, throw him to the wolves,’" Pagano said, per Scout.com. "We have to be very, very smart with Robert." Mathis is 34 and coming off a torn Achilles' tendon. We'll be quite curious to see how soon he gets activated and whether he can begin the regular season as a full-time player. We'd bet on at least some sort of rotation and don't expect the vet to jump back to his pre-injury double-digit sack status. You'll find very modest expectations for Mathis in our 2015 IDP rankings. We'll see if he can show something this summer to alter that outlook. Any missed regular-season time for Mathis could only help the upside of OLBs Trent Cole and Jonathan Newsome.

ESPN Colts reporter Mike Wells reports that Colts LB Robert Mathis suffered a "slight setback" in his rehab from a torn Achilles' tendon. It's not clear whether the issue will delay or hinder his return. At the least, however, it's a reminder that Mathis faces a tough comeback from what can be a career-altering injury even in younger players. Heading into his age-34 season, don't count on Mathis returning to his top sack form of 2013. The Colts will certainly need to address their pass rush this offseason.

Colts GM Ryan Grigson revealed Friday that he doesn't yet know whether OLB Robert Mathis will be ready for the start of training camp. "No, he's still in recovery," Grigson told ESPN.com in reference to Mathis' Achilles tear. "A timeline is not there because it’s a tough injury. Hopefully in a couple months from now, we’ll be able to have some information on that.” Mathis suffered the injury in early September while working out during his 4-game PED suspension. It's an injury that regularly keeps players from getting all the way back to their previous performance level through at least their 1st season back. Heading into his age-34 season, Mathis might never regain his pre-injury form. Bjoern Werner had an up-and-down season that ended down with decreased playing time. Fifth-round rookie Jonathan Newsome might be the Colts' best current hope for replacing Mathis and helping a struggling pass rush. Expect the team to address that area this offseason.

Already serving a 4-game PED suspension, Colts OLB Robert Mathis will now reportedly miss the rest of the season.  Pro Football Talk reports that Mathis suffered an Achilles' tendon tear while working out on his own in Atlanta.  It's a huge blow to a Colts D that struggled against Denver in Week 1.  Mathis' 19.5 sacks last year led the NFL and constituted 46.4% of the team's total.  Bjoern Werner and Erik Walden started at OLB for the Colts against the Broncos, and each earned negative pass-rushing grades from Pro Football Focus for the game.  Don't consider Indy's team D a real matchup option in your fantasy football league.

Colts LB Robert Mathis will miss the 1st 4 games of the regular season after violating the league policy on PED use.  That takes the 2013 league leader in sacks away from a needy Colts defense and IDP owners.  Mathis heads into his age-33 season coming off a career-high 19.5 sacks and a career high-tying 8 forced fumbles.  The suspension will obviously push him down the 2014 IDP rankings, but Mathis should remain a valuable contributor after he returns.  The Colts possess no exciting replacement from a fantasy perspective.

The Colts grabbed Florida State OLB Bjoern Werner with the 24th pick in the NFL Draft.  Werner played 4-3 DE at FSU but figures to stand up to play LB in the Colts' 3-4 front.  Mike Mayock compared him to former Ravens OLB Paul Kruger, whom Colts HC Chuck Pagano coached in Baltimore.  Werner might have trouble winning a starting job right away, but he should beat out free-agent addition Erik Walden before too long.  OLB Robert Mathis also doesn't have too many years left.

Colts pass rusher Robert Mathis is questionable for Thursday night's clash with the Jaguars because of a back injury. It forced him out of the Week 9 win early and has kept the veteran from practicing all week. Jerry Hughes would figure to go in Mathis' place if the starter can't play. Mathis has a sack in every game he has played this year, so he's worth a shot if active against the Jags -- unless we hear that his playing time will be limited.

Robert Mathis says he's set to return this weekend after missing the past 3 games with a sprained left knee. The DE-turned-OLB put up 5 sacks over his 1st 4 games this season with at least 1 in every outing. Assuming he does return, he'll face Miami rookie RT Jonathan Martin. Pro Football Focus says Martin has allowed just 1 sack all year but 2+ QB disruptions in 7 of 8 games. DS subscribers can head over to our Week 9 DL rankings to see what we project for Mathis.

Just after applying the franchise tag to DE Robert Mathis on Monday, the Colts reached a 4-year, $36 million deal with the veteran. Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star reports that Mathis will get $17 million of that in 2012 and $24 million over the 1st 2 years. That makes it look like a contract the team expects Mathis to complete, rather than a backloaded, showy deal. Mathis was more productive than teammate DE Dwight Freeney in 2011, but he also wasn't up to his previous standards in terms of pocket pressure. Mathis' small stature and speed repertoire might appeal to a new defensive staff with lots of 3-4 background. His new contract also could make it difficult for the Colts to keep Freeney around at his current rate. Freeney is due a little more than $14 million in base salary for the coming season.

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7:15pm EST 12/22/11

As expected, Colts DE Robert Mathis is active tonight. He was listed as questionable but participated in practice Wednesday. He has produced well against a tough Houston O-line over the past couple of seasons.

Buffalo
12:23pm EDT 9/18/11

Colts LDE Robert Mathis is active for the Week 2 matchup with Cleveland, as he said he would be. He's a strong IDP play.

DE Robert Mathis missed practice this week with a neck ailment and turned up "questionable" on the injury report. He says the missed workouts were precautionary, though, and that he expects to play. The Colts have long proved as liberal as any team at giving players time off during the week and then starting them on Sunday. Mathis is a strong IDP start against the Browns, though we'll watch the Sunday inactives.

When last we saw Colts DE Robert Mathis in the preseason, he left early with a hamstring injury. It appears that is no big issue. No reports seem to be out there about Mathis being any sort of a Week 1 question mark. That's good news for IDP owners. Start him against a Houston team that afforded Mathis 8 solos and a sack over 2 meetings last year.

DE Robert Mathis left Friday night's game early with a hamstring injury. It's not yet clear how serious the injury might be. Given that it's the Colts, we can probably count on 2 things: 1) Mathis will miss some practice time over the next 2 weeks. 2) He'll be listed as "questionable" for Week 1. It might be noteworthy that he was listed as "doubtful" to return Friday night rather than out. We'll keep an eye on his situation. The next guys in would be Jerry Hughes and Jamaal Anderson, neither of whom has proven himself worth a look in the pros.

Colts DE Robert Mathis (quad) is inactive for today's game against the Jets.  He'd probably play if the game mattered, but the Colts are being cautious in a meaningless game.

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