"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."
The veteran has not participated in OTAs and will not participate in minicamp, but after suffering the injury on Sept. 13 last season and having a minor setback during his recovery, Mathis feels he will be on the field as the Colts begin their season.
"I said it. I meant it. I'll be back by training camp," Mathis said.
“It’s not going as fast as I would like to, but we are getting well and we should be clicking in camp,” Mathis told Sirius.
Mathis was suspended for the first four games of last season due to violating the league's substance abuse policy. He then suffered a torn achilles, forcing him to miss all 16 games of the 2014 season.
During his 11-year career with the Colts, Mathis has collected 487 total tackles, 111.0 sacks, 15 passes defensed and 48 forced fumbles.
Speaking to ESPN.com, Irsay said this is the worst-case scenario.
“We look for Robert Mathis at some point to re-emerge, it may not be until November,” Irsay said. “We don’t know yet in terms of his progress.”
Mathis tore his Achilles in September and then suffered a setback in December.
Mathis was suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season after violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. The five-time Pro Bowler then tore his achilles and missed the entire year.
Mathis, 34, has spent his entire 11-year career with the Colts, recording 487 total tackles, 111.0 sacks, 15 passes defensed and 48 forced fumbles.
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