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Colts Monday Notebook: Will Robert Mathis Play On Sunday?

Intro: After a weekend filled with roster moves, the Colts reconvened on Monday for their first practice of a regular season week. What did Chuck Pagano, Ryan Grigson and Robert Mathis have to say to the media on Monday?


INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts first practice of the 2015 season, with their 53-man roster, took place on Monday morning.

After an off day Tuesday, the Colts will get into their weekly routine of Wednesday-Friday practice.

Sunday's regular season opener will come in Buffalo at 1:00 p.m. EST.

Here are a few sound bites from Robert Mathis, Chuck Pagano and Ryan Grigson on Monday:

Injury News (first injury report for the regular season will come Wednesday)

-Players that appeared to be practicing on Monday: Josh Robinson (has cleared concussion protocol), Phillip Dorsett, Hugh Thornton, Coby Fleener and Jalil Brown.

-Played that did not appear to be practicing on Monday: Greg Toler, D'Joun Smith and Vick Ballard.Robert Mathis on if he will play this weekend:

"Stay tuned."

Bowen's Analysis:* *Mathis is never one to say much and on Monday he wouldn't offer a whole lot more than the quote above (along with a smile).

Jim Irsay said during last Thursday's preseason finale that Mathis is expected to play in the Colts home opener on September 21. The Colts Owner didn't rule out the regular season opener (this Sunday) for Mathis' first game of football since the 2013 AFC Divisional Round. Week One has been the target for Mathis all along, but he's not revealing anything concrete with game day approaching.

Chuck Pagano on the defensive line:

"I feel great about that group."

Bowen's Analysis: The Colts got a glimpse in the preseason of what their defensive line could look like from a run-stopping unit, with nice efforts in Weeks Two and Three.

It's an inexperienced group (124 career games for the six defensive linemen, with 112 of those belonging to Kendall Langford). What Ryan Grigson likes about the six-man unit is they are an athletic bunch with "broad skillsets", who all "popped" in their own ways. David Parry will be the starting nose tackle and newcomer T.Y. McGill will back him up there.Ryan Grigson on the four running backs currently on the Colts roster:

"We want guys that are trending towards being starters and we think we have four guys that have starter level skills. Some may be more polished than others, but we feel really good about those four guys."

Bowen's Analysis: The Colts will roll with Frank Gore, Josh Robinson, Tyler Varga and Vick Ballard into the regular season. Grigson said the decision to part ways with Boom Herron was one of the hardest decisions he's had to make.

Grigson said that when it came down to Ballard, the Colts could not let someone of his talent walk out the door. If Ballard does not play Week One, the Colts will have a pair of rookies backing up Gore.




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