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Robert Mathis unlikely to play in preseason

INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Colts linebacker Robert Mathis and general manager Ryan Grigson both talked Tuesday like the linebacker will not play in the preseason.

“Do I ever question if Robert Mathis knows how to play this game? No,” Grigson said. “Has he done it at a high level for many years? Yes. It’s kind of trying to find a fine line to where you want him to be game ready, but at the same time, game ready for what? He’s not going to be there the first four games. So we’ve just got to be smart.

"Robert Mathis on his own, he’s going to be getting ready. He’s going to be taking mental reps. He’s going to be dreaming about playing. He loves this game. So he’s another one that you just kind of don’t worry about.”

Mathis is suspended the first four games of the season because he violated the NFL’s drug policy. His first game will be Oct. 5 against the Baltimore Ravens.

It’s not surprising that Mathis likely won’t play because the Colts have reached the point of the preseason where games are pretty scripted. The starters will play through the first half against the New Orleans Saints on Saturday and not many of the starters are expected to play in the preseason finale against the Cincinnati Bengals.

“Whenever my name is called I’ll answer the bell,” Mathis said.