INDIANAPOLIS – In his still young tenure with the Colts, he has had a core group of players to lean on as he learns the ins and outs of the organization.
For Chuck Pagano, that includes players like quarterback Andrew Luck, receiver Reggie Wayne and defensive end Cory Redding. At the top of that list, however, could very well be the man who is undoubtedly the face of the franchise on the defensive side of the ball and the conduit for the team’s success under the coach.
That’s Robert Mathis. Next season, he’ll miss the first four games. Is that difficult for Pagano? You bet.
“No doubt,” said Pagano on Saturday when asked if he was hurt by the suspension of Mathis by the NFL for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
But as he has preached a number of times during his time with the Colts, Pagano says the team is steadfast in their support for Mathis moving forward while they do the same as an organization in the meantime.
“We certainly understand the severity of this situation but as we’ve done many, many times before in our short stint here, we’ll get through this. We’ll come together as a team, we’ll come together as a family, we’ll come together as an organization, and we’ll get through this,” said Pagano of the Mathis suspension.
The linebacker came out with a statement shortly after the suspension was announced on Friday afternoon saying that the failed test was triggered by a fertility drug which Mathis took to aid he and his wife’s ability to have a child. Mathis also announced on Friday that his wife is pregnant.