INDIANAPOLIS – Despite a minor bicep tear, Robert Mathis is planning on getting back to practice this week.
While Mathis said on his weekly radio show with Query and Schultz that he has a "good shot" of playing against Houston, he knows that what happens later this week will decide if he can give it a go.
"We will see come Thursday, Friday," Mathis said on WNDE.
"If I'm not myself, I'm not going to hurt the team and obviously the team can get it done without me."
Mathis, who has 3.0 sacks in 11 games this season, called the injury a "minor tear of the bicep," which he suffered in the fourth quarter of the team's Thanksgiving loss to the Steelers.
The Colts franchise leader in sacks missed all of practice last week.
He did not travel to New Jersey, instead staying back in Indy for rehab work on Sunday and Monday.
Making it through a practice this week is step one, but Mathis points out the obvious differences in engaging guys in a relatively controlled practice setting, versus lining up opposite Houston's Duane Brown on Sunday.
"I've been working diligently, trying hard to get back on the field," Mathis says. "I have a good shot to get back versus Houston.
"I can deal with it as long as I can tolerate a little pain."