Mathis didn't re-tear the Achilles, as had been rumored, but he was already in danger of missing the start of training camp, and the latest news isn't good for Mathis, who turns 34 next week.
Mathis' agent, Hadley Englehard, denied the report. Englehard told the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that there had been no setback. Mathis' rehab is going fine, Englehard said, and he hopes to participate in part of offseason OTAs.
The injury kept Mathis out all last season. He hasn't played since recording 19.5 sacks in 2013.
"No, he’s still in recovery," Grigson said when asked if he’s confident Mathis will be ready for training camp. "He’s a freak and you hope that he has an athletic genetic freak type of recovery so that he’s ready day one of training camp. But that information is not clear yet or 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 torn the tendon in early September and missed the entire season. Without Mathis, the Colts were led by rookie Johnathan Newsome with 6 1/2 sacks in 2014.
"Obviously having [Mathis] out was a big hole," Grigson said. "But we don’t make excuses. That stuff gets forgotten and it should because a lot of teams win without key players. The next man up is for real. We found a way to still get pressure and play without his presence, but it makes it a heck of a lot harder, I promise you that. Just having him out on the field, even if he didn’t get out of his stance, it’s still going to command two blockers or more. That completely changes the complexion of a game just having him physically out there."
Mathis was working out away from the team facility while serving his four-game suspension for violating the league's PED policy when he suffered the injury. According to the report, Mathis will miss the remainder of the season and could be placed on the non-football injury list since the injury happened away from the team facility.
Mathis is coming off a career-best 19.5-sack 2013 season. At this point a timetable for his recovery is not yet known.
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