Chuck Pagano has revealed there is a possibility Robert Mathis could play in the Indianapolis Colts season opener against the Buffalo Bills.
The linebacker has been sidelined since he torn his ACL whilst working out during his four-game suspension for taking performance-enhancing drugs last September.
He vowed to be back for the Colts week one match-up, which not many people believed including the Colts' owner Jim Irsay. Irsay believed Mathis wouldn't be back until 'early October or late September'.
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Now, the Colts' Head Coach has said there is a possibility Mathis could play this weekend after all. He said to the Indianapolis Star: “There’s a possibility. He’s been practicing, as you guys know, and we’re getting him more reps with every day.
"He’s going through individual drills and then we’re increasing his snaps that he takes during the course of practice with each day.”
Mathis spent most of the preseason for the Colts on the PUP list, but he still has been practising. He must have done enough in practice to satisfy Pagano to say there is a possibility he could play this Sunday.
During Mathis full season with the Colts back in 2013, he set a new career high of 19.5 sacks, and he is the all-time franchise leader in sacks with 111. The AFC South team will be glad to have this kind of pass rusher back in their defense if he does return this Sunday.