Robert Mathis is tired of being a cheerleader, he's ready to rejoin his team on the field this Sunday. The 10-year NFL veteran has sat out the past three games with a knee injury. On Thursday the Colts linebacker made it very clear he plans to play this weekend.

"I'm playing and I look forward to being back out there with the fellas," said Mathis.

Mathis practiced on a limited basis Wednesday but did not work out on Thursday. However, his words certainly more reassuring.

"I'm feeling pretty good. They kind of had a snap count just to see where I was at. Things are feeling good and I'm itching to get back."

Even though he's missed some playing time Mathis five sacks are the best on the team.

With his return it will also take some of the pressure off of linebacker Dwight Freeney. The pair have created quite the double team in a decade together. They have a combined 179 sacks, that total ranks first among teammates since 2003.

“That’s going to be great. Hopefully we can string some games together, like back in the day how we used to do. It’s great to have my partner in crime back, definitely,” said Freeney.

Mathis and the rest of the Colts back in action on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium against the 4-3 Miami Dolphins.