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Robert Mathis Returns To Practice

Colts defensive end Robert Mathis practiced today to prepare for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos. Mathis made the Pro Bowl last year.

He missed practices on Wednesday and Thursday due to a quad injury and is labeled as questionable.I hope Mathis will play, who could well be on his way to another Pro Bowl, alongside with Dwight Freeney.

Other Injury News

  • Ryan Diem did not practice, labeled as questionable.
  • Charlie Johnson practiced today after not playing last week. Questionable
  • Out for game: Donald Brown, Aaron Francisco, Anthony Gonzalez, and Adam Vinatieri

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One Response to “Robert Mathis Returns To Practice”

  1. conrad says:

    Memo to Jim Irsay


    Dear Jim,

    After listening to the call-in portion of the Bill Polian show tonight, I fear there is a great chasm between Mr. Polian’s appreciation for fans’ expectations in these final games versus management’s goals. During the broadcast, Mr. Polian crossed many lines of public relations etiquette to the point at which I believe there is significantly MORE angst and anguish on behalf of your loyal fan base.

    Coming into the game, my expectations were different than most, and I was not surprised when you pulled the starters for “safety” reasons. However, most fans, especially those who have invested big bucks to come and see the best the Colts have to offer each week, had completely different expectations. I have learned that to them, a perfect season is a goal worth achieving. Maybe not a goal to strive for at the beginning of the season, but when you’re 13-0, and it’s within reach, go for it. So, whether you and Mr. Polian agree with this view or not, is irrelevant. Mr. Polian showed no respect for this view, and demonstrated very little professionalism in talking directly to his faithful customers on the air. Listen to the end of the show and you will agree he was obviously agitated – at his customers! Accusing a nervous lady of “reading from talking points”? Asking an older gentleman about “playing injured players”? Come on, Mr. President.

    He stated something to the effect that he was disappointed that fans couldn’t be content with a team that racked up 13 wins in one season – point taken. You guys have built THE BEST NFL team in the country, both in talent and class. You own a team that makes our state proud. HOWEVER, you must admit you guys completely misjudged the fans’ expectations of how to carry out these last couple games. Even if you contend that you stand on firm ground with your “keep the players sharp AND healthy” strategy in these last couple games, clearly Colt’s fans wanted to take a run at a perfect season. How about this as management’s position:

    Judging the reaction from our fans after the Jets game, it is clear to us that we completely misjudged the collective desire to make a run at a perfect season. Though we had stated many times and ways that this was never a goal we set out to achieve, it is obvious that taking out our starters gave the appearance that we didn’t care about the outcome of the game or the record.

    We believe Colts fans are the best in the NFL – and clearly the most passionate! It is important to us to make every effort to be the best competitive team we can be for you each week. We regret and apologize for the hard feelings that may exist because of game time decisions last week. Though we stand by our strategy as the best one to make a run at another Super Bowl Championship, we understand there is much disappointment throughout our fan base and for that we are sorry.

    Please continue to stand by our players and coaches as we make a run to bring back the Super Bowl trophy to our great city!!! Jim Irsay and Bill Polian

    In closing, I must admit that Colt’s games have become a very significant event at my house each week. Six years ago, I could care less about football and the Colts. Now, you guys have turned me, my wife, and our 5 sons into jersey-wearing fans. Each game is an independent event. There is great expectation each game. Yesterday, it felt like you crashed the party. Clearly that was not your intention, but it felt like you quit the game too early. We know that perfection means nothing in the post-season, but there was an excitement building each week with each win. I am sure you get the point by now.

    Anyway, we love the Colts, and appreciate you and Mr. Polian building a class-act team.

    Best regards,

    Mr. and Mrs. Conrad
    Bloomington, IIN

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