The Colts released a brief statement regarding the suspension.
“We recognize the extreme seriousness of this matter and will honor the confidentiality requirements of the league’s program,” the statement read. “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.”
Last year’s first-round pick, Bjoern Werner, likely will get the first crack at replacing Mathis. Justin Hickman, Cam Johnson and Daniel Adongo also are in the mix at outside linebacker. And the team selected Ball State pass rusher Jonathan Newsome in the fifth round of last week’s draft.
Speaking before Mathis’ suspension was announced Friday afternoon, Newsome discussed his adjustment to life in the NFL.
“Taking it one day at a time, not putting too much pressure on myself,” he said. “But also not taking anything for granted, making sure I’m in my playbook every night, making sure I’m taking care of my body in the hot tub, cold tub, so I can recover. Also taking notice of how the veterans go about it because they’ve been in the league for however many years and I want to get to that point eventually.”