At the beginning of training camp, owner Jim Irsay put a timetable for Mathis to return from a torn Achilles around late September or early October. His activation off the PUP list came sooner than expected.
Mathis is on the PUP list as he recovers from a torn Achilles, which cost him the entire 2014 season. Mathis produced 19 1/2 sacks over 16 games in 2013.
Mathis missed the 2014 season after tearing his Achilles and there is no timetable for his return. Meanwhile, Thomas is recovering from a quad injury, which also cost him the entire 2014 season.
"The good news is Robert is trending in the right direction," Irsay said. "We're all very excited and pleased with the progress that he's making. The timetable is unknown. Will it be October 15? Will it be September 15? I really, at this point, no one knows.
"We just want to make sure that he's ready-ready when it's time to go. He can come in, have a couple of years with us at this point in his career, and be the difference-maker he was. We're really excited about the prospect. Really, it's only been good news."
"Obviously, Robert is optimistic, and he's a fast-healer, and you just don't know," Irsay said. "[But] I would say I don't see him being football ready for the beginning of training camp, where he'd be a full-go guy and that sort of thing."
Mathis is recovering from a torn Achilles and Irsay said they want to make sure he is fully recovered before returning to the field.
"I think time will tell," Irsay said. "Obviously, Robert wants to be back as soon as he can be. We want him back as soon as he can be, but we also want to make sure when he comes back he's 100 percent healthy and ready to go."
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