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Bob Sanders career over?

Posted on: July 19, 2010 5:07 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2010 5:56 pm
B. Sanders (US Presswire)
Michael Lombardi wrote on today that Colts safety Bob Sanders might never play football again. Apparently, Sanders's rehab for the shoulder and bicep issues that limited him to just two games last season has been very slow. From afar, Sanders appears to be one of the slowest healers in the NFL. In 2006, he spent seemingly the entire season on the cusp of returning from a knee injury, but in the end, he wound up only playing four games (though he was on the field in the playoffs for the Colts’ Super Bowl run).

In addition to missing 14 games in ’09, Sanders was on the shelf for 10 contests in ’08 (high ankle sprain). The one full season he has played in the last four years (15 games in 2007), he was voted NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Sanders’s diminutive size (5’8”, 206) and reckless style of play make him susceptible to injury, though many of his problems have not resulted from on-field collisions.

UPDATE: In June, Bob Sanders said he felt great. A Colts team spokesman tells the Indy Star that nothing has changed since then.

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Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2010 6:33 pm

Bob Sanders career over?

Yes, he owes the Colts money for being injured more often that he wasn't....What good is a guy that spends most of the season on the sidelines hurt?  When he was on the field, he was very rarely 100%....pretty much a waste  a la Jason Sehorn.
This is your logic.  You see a piece of crap.  You KNOW it's a piece of crap.  You WILLINGLY pay for this piece of crap.  Then you get mad and demand your money back because it's piece of crap.  That's the type of ignorant, backward ass thinking that's helping to destroy this country.  "Yeah, I paid for it knowing exactly what it was and I'm pissed off that I got exactly what I paid for."  Moron.

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2010 4:59 pm

Bob Sanders career over?

The only way they can try and get some money back is if he violated his contract like Jason Williams (former Duke PG) did with the Bulls after crashing his motorcycle.  Just because Bob played with reckless abandon and has a glass jaw doesn't mean he owes them anything.   And I think the rep that he is an all world S isn't justified.  Two good years does not an all time great S make.  Of course he was one the most important person on those Colts d's.  The S, MLB, and DT are the most important parts of the Tampa 2, so by design, he was important.  

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2010 4:32 pm

Bob Sanders career over?

PS   "your" does not have an "e" at the end of itHard to believe the guy who wrote this also wrote "absolutley unwarrented" in the post right before it.  If you're going to be the grammar police, get your own act straight first.

But on to more important things - Bob Sanders has proven to be a great player when healthy, which isn't very often.  Predicting any guy who misses as much time as he does, who has accumulated as many injuries as Sanders has, to be a "force for years to come" IS nothing more than Homeritis.  He hasn't been a force for most of his career simply because he's rarely on the field, and there's no reason to think that's suddenly going to change.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2010 4:05 pm

Bob Sanders career over?

You never know some peoples bodies just cant heal properly or right. Yes he is an awesome athlete and football player, that doesnt mean he can heal or recover from nasty injuries. You just never know how your body reacts to things like that. Wish the best for him!

Since: Oct 28, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2010 1:43 pm

Bob Sanders career over?

I can't believe some Colts fans believe they'll get money back. They won't and after the Titans/Packman, they shouldn't

The NFL sided with Pacman Jones in not having to return money to the Titans. The guy was a first round that was arrested after two seasons. No way on earth does Sanders give money back to the Colts because of an injury. It's pretty hard to control injuries but it's pretty easy to not go to stip clubs and shoot people. If Pacman doesn't have to pay it back after choosing to ruin his career, no way should Bob Sanders pay it back after an injury that he couldn't control.

Since: Apr 7, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2010 1:13 pm

Bob Sanders career over?

So where's all the "Fragile" Bob comments?  I mean it was these same people giving Fred Taylor the "Fragile" Fred nickname (Even though he's only 700+ yards away from surpassing Jim Brown on the all time rushing list).  Bob Sanders is more fragile and less of a gamer than Fred will ever be.  You don't go through all the adversity that Fred went through and still come out as one of the best rushing RB's in history.  This sickens me when I hear people boo hooing all over this guy.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: July 20, 2010 11:15 am

Bob Sanders career over?

Well as a Colts fan, I must say I have mixed emotions. Obviously, on a human level, I'm sad to see a fantastic player have his career cut short by injury. I wish him the best. But on a more shallow level, from a football perspective, he has been so iffy the last few years (vis-a-vis his ability to be on the field) that it will be nice to have some closure finally. Of course when he WAS healthy, he was an All-Pro player, but that was the problem of late: he was hardly ever healthy. We need someone in there who can stay on the field. But again, that said, all the best to Bob. 

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2010 11:10 am

Bob Sanders career over?

He's played 2 full seasons out of 6. He won't even get close to the hall of fame

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2010 10:45 am

Bob Sanders career over?

Being a Colts fan, I love it when Bob is able to play, but for how much they are paying him for not playing, I would much rather have him gone and get a safety that is some what descent, and isn't a every-day-starting backup. Bethea's play has helped out a lot, and it looks like he will be a good player for a while.

And whoever said Ronnie Lott is overrated, you are an idiot. Lott is one of the best safeties....scratch that, defensive backs of all time. He was a stud. And I don't know what the comparison between Sanders and Lott has to do with anything, except show that Lott played, and Sanders was/is always hurt.

And as far as getting there last year, the Colts' D wasn't meant to scare anyone, the offense was. The Colts actually did have a pretty good defense for the team, opposed to other years. Don't be bitter about your Steelers not making it either, it happens, don't make excuses for them. The AFC had a lot of surprise teams last year in the playoffs, so it was kind of a fluke year.

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2010 10:11 am

Bob Sanders career over?

i am a big colts fan and have to agree that bob has been a sore in that defence for awhile but when he plays man watch out he is a beast. the point is he is hurt more then he plays so there is no point of him even being on the team. he dont try and heal as fast as other players he just goes about his life when he is hurt. its a known fact that the guy gets hurt. a lot .  he is no where near ronnie. he is no where near ed read or dawkins either. dawkins is the same type player just hits harder and stays healthy

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