Mathis announced his retirement from the NFL, Tori Petry of the Lions' official website reports. Selected by the Jaguars in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft, Mathis was quietly one of the league's better cornerbacks for a sizable portion of his career. He never quite reached superstar status, but he did start 129 games for the Jaguars from 2003 to 2012, then made another 36 starts for the Lions over the past three seasons. After a concussion brought his 2015 campaign to an early finish, the 35-year-old Mathis said he's ready to hang up his cleats. The Lions, meanwhile, have an emerging star at cornerback in Darius Slay, but they could undoubtedly still use some help at the position.
Mathis (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. Mathis missed the previous three games due to concussion symptoms, so it's not too surprising to see him land on IR. The 35-year-old could found his way onto the field next year, but given his age and injury history it wouldn't be surprising to see him retire at the end of the season.
Mathis (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Green Bay, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. This isn't much of a loss for the Lions, as Mathis hasn't been playing at the same level he did last season. Nevin Lawson will likely get another start across from Darius Slay.
Mathis (illness) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. As a result, Nevin Lawson will start at cornerback for the Lions on Sunday in place of Mathis.
Lions cornerback Rashean Mathis is planning to retire after the two-year contract he signed in March expires, per the Detroit Free Press. That comes directly from Mathis, who admits he has told that to others. Mathis, who will be 35 when the regular season begins, has started all but one game since joining the Lions in 2013. He contributed to 51 tackles a year ago, his highest total since 2010 with Jacksonville.