Report: Colts OLB Robert Mathis had 10 surgeries in past year following Achilles injury

Aug 22, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman Robert Mathis who is injured sits on the bench during a game against the Chicago Bears at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis reportedly needed 10 surgical procedures over the course of the past year.

He suffered a torn Achilles tendon last season, which, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported, has prompted a flood¬†of surgeries to ensure the injured area didn’t get infected.

The 34-year old All-Pro pass-rusher is expected to be a game-time decision on Sunday when the Colts take on the Buffalo Bills in upstate New York. If he does play, then fans should expect the team to limit his activity as he is eased back into the lineup.

Mathis has sacked opposing quarterbacks with exceptional consistency over the course of his career. Before missing the entire 2014 season, he had racked up 19.5 sacks in 2013 to bring his career total up to 111.

The Colts are hopeful Mathis can return to his old ways once he does return to action on a full-time basis. In the meantime, newcomer Trent Cole should receive plenty of opportunities to pick up the slack in his absence.