The Indianapolis Colts announced that OLB Robert Mathis has been suspended for four games for violating NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substance.
Colts statement regarding Mathis’ suspension:
“We have learned that Robert Mathis will be required to serve a four game suspension under the League’s policy on prohibited substances. We recognize the extreme seriousness of this matter and will honor the confidentiality requirements of the League’s program. We nevertheless wish to assure Robert and our fans that he remains an honored and cherished member of the Colts family and that we support him as he deals with this difficult challenge.”
Mathis, 33, is coming off of his best season of his 11-year NFL career and 59 tackles, 19.5 sacks, and eight forced fumbles. He ultimately finished second to Panthers ILB Luke Kuechly in the Defensive Player of the Year voting.
He still has two years remaining on his four-year, $36 million contract that included $17 million guaranteed.
- According to Brian McIntyre, Mathis’ suspension will cost him $705,882 in base salary for the 2014 season.
Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 2 outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense last year.