INDIANAPOLIS – If Robert Mathis' plan stays on schedule, he expects to be back on the field for Colts Training Camp later this summer.
Mathis joined Sirius Radio on Tuesday night and updated his Achilles rehab, a topic that is at the forefront of the Colts offseason questions.
"It's not going as fast as I would like to, but we are getting well and we should be clicking in camp," Mathis told Sirius.
"That's my plan."
At last week's League Meetings in Arizona, Colts Owner Jim Irsay thought a worst case scenario for Mathis would be to "re-emerge" in November of 2015.
For Mathis, right now, his rehab consists of a lot of bike work. He is not back to running yet.
The last time the Colts saw Mathis on the field he was wrapping up a career year in 2013. Mathis' 19.5 sacks led the NFL as he spearheaded timely turnover after timely turnover for the Colts defense.
Now, at the age of 34, Mathis is eager to put the pads back on after a trying 2014 season.
"It was very tough because I like to be in the fire with my guys," Mathis said of last season. "But wherever I could fit in, whether it was coaching, teaching, being the big brother, cheerleader, the water boy, whatever the case may be, I was willing to do it.
"But I'm not willing to do it this year. I want to get in and get my hands dirty again."
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