The reigning Deacon Jones Sack Award winner has torn his Achilles tendon, effectively ending his 2014 season before it could begin.
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Colts LB Robert Mathis, who led the league with 19.5 sacks in 2013, is out for the year after tearing his Achilles tendon.
Mathis had three games remaining on his suspension for violating the PED policy, which he claimed arose from taking a fertility drug.
The 33-year-old Mathis had 19.5 sacks in 2013, his first without Dwight Freeney. The Colts had given him a four-year, $36 million deal prior to the 2012 season, and he’s due to make $5 million this year and $7 million in 2015.
According to Pro Football Talk, Because the injury happened away from the team facility, the Colts could place Mathis on the non-football injury list and withhold this year’s money, setting the stage to part ways with an aging and banged-up player this offseason.
Mathis is a 5-time Pro Bowler and a First-Team All-Pro selection. Mathis is 5th among all active NFL players in sacks, and 20th on the all-time list.