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Robert Mathis suffers setback on Achilles rehab

Robert Mathis

Robert Mathis

Phelan M. Ebenhack

Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis missed the entire 2014 season because of a PED suspension followed by a torn Achilles tendon. His 2015 isn’t looking great, either.

Mike Wells of ESPN reports that Mathis suffered a slight setback as he works to rehab his torn Achilles. According to Wells, there were rumors that Mathis re-tore his Achilles, so the fact that those rumors are false is good news. But any setback is bad news.

It’s especially bad news because Mathis will turn 34 next week. He’s at the age where he’d be expected to slow down even if he were fully healthy. After a year without playing and a serious injury, a slowdown seems like a certainty.

Mathis had his best season in 2013, recording 19.5 sacks. It’s not realistic to think he’s going to be that kind of player again, but the Colts still hope he can be an above-average pass rusher for them in 2015.