The Indianapolis Colts reportedly took a big loss to the defensive unit Monday. According to multiple media outlets, outside linebacker Robert Mathis will miss the season due to an Achilles tendon.
This is the third serious Achilles injury in the last two days as two Chiefs players, Derrick Johnson and Mike DeVito, both tore their in the season opener against the Tennessee Titans.
Mathis, who led the league with 19.5 sacks at 32 years old, was set to miss the first four games of the season due to a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
The Colts will surely lean on 2013 first round selection Bjoern Werner to fill the void left by Mathis as the head pass rush threat. Rookie Jon Newsome could see an increased role as well with the departure of the 12-year veteran.