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Colts pass rusher Mathis invited to play in Pro Bowl

Indianapolis Colts defensive end Robert Mathis received an invitation to the Pro Bowl, a league source said Tuesday.

Mathis hasn't decided if he'll play yet, but if he does, he would replace New England Patriots defensive end Andre Carter, who went on season-ending injured reserve last month with a quadriceps injury.

Mathis was one of the few bright spots for the Colts in 2011, finishing with 9.5 sacks, 43 tackles and three fumble recoveries. It marked the seventh time in nine seasons that Mathis has compiled at least nine sacks.

Mathis, who has played his entire career in Indianapolis, is scheduled to become a free agent in March.

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