Colts linebacker Robert Mathis missed Monday night’s win over the Jets due to a bicep injury, but he sounds optimistic about a potential return for this week’s huge game against the Texans.
Mathis joined FOX Sports 975’s Jake Query and Derek Shultz yesterday for his weekly segment, and he admitted that he has a minor tear in his lower bicep, but he also said that he’s got “a good chance” of returning this week.
He was injured late in the team’s Thanksgiving night loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and didn’t practice at all last week, leading to him being ruled out for Monday’s game. In his absence Trent Cole made his return to the field and actually flashed on a couple of plays, but it would still be nice for the team to be as healthy as possible for their biggest game of the season. Mathis hasn’t been particularly effective this year - he’s recorded three sacks in eleven games - but he’s the franchise’s all-time leader in sacks and has been a dangerous player for many years. He’s not at that level anymore, but pairing him with Trent Cole could hopefully provide at least some semblance of a pass rush on Brock Osweiler.
In order for that to happen, however, Mathis will need to get back to practice this week and will need to be healthy-enough to play, and while it doesn’t sound certain at this point, it does sound like Mathis is optimistic.