Robert Mathis has been removed from the PUP (physically unable to perform) list and has been placed on the active roster. This is great news for Colts fans everywhere. Mathis said earlier this year that he wanted to be ready to go by week one. Irsay stated just a few weeks ago that the time isn’t known for Mathis, but it looked like possibly late September or early October as his return date.
The Colts had to move Mathis to the active roster before the regular season began or they wouldn’t have been able to activate him until week six. Moving him to the active roster now doesn’t mean there has been progress or that he will play immediately, but it does mean that they feel he will be ready before week six. There hasn’t been much news coming out on his status either. With him becoming active don’t think we will be seeing him on the field any time before week one. I’m skeptical that he will be on the field during week one. I, however, wouldn’t rule out that he could be ready by week three.
The team will bring him along slowly and handle him like they have handled Ballard this preseason. With EXTREME caution. Mathis won’t want to go slow, but he and the fans must realize this man hasn’t played football in over a year and is no spring chicken at the age of 34. I’m just glad that the team made the move and gave us all hope that we will see him in uniform very soon.