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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 NFL.com 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: Apr 30, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2010 9:56 am
 

Bob Sanders career over?

Thos seems like just another gay NFL rumor from another writer trying to fill air-time, or in this case column space.  It has gotten extremely ridiculous the last 5-6 years, it went from bad to absolutely ludicrous.  I rememebr flipping through the channels a couple summers ago and the ESPN idiots were arguing over who was going to make the playoffs - in July! I couldn't believe my ears.  You can start to talk playoffs in November, not the middle of summer before the rosters are even finalized, let alone see how they play or who stays healthy.  Unbelievable.  Classic case of having WAY too much air time to fill.  Those guys are beyond clueless, no wonder anyone over 35 cannot tolerate them anymore.

Anyway I'd hate to see Sanders quit.  While I gree that comparing him with Ronnie Lott is a bit ludicrous, he is a Pro Bowl-caliber player that makes the Colts defense a much more worthy unit.  Sanders is young enough where I beleie he has a few years left bnut not many, maybe 2 or 3 at the most.  He is simply too injury-prone.

And who is the homer that said the Colts showed they could "win without Bob last year".  Last I remember the Colts lost, and while alot of that had to do with poster boy Peyton choking hard and throwing the pick that iced the game for the Saints, the Colts defense did not scare anybody last year.  With Sanders they may have won.  And the only reason the Colts got to the Bowl is because the Pats (3 rings last decade) are done and the Steelers (2 rings last 5 years) were injured and dysfunctional and not around to knock them out yet again.  That won't be the case this year.  The Colts need Sanders, badly - they are a much different and better team with him.  This injury is a concern since, at least when I played, it was pretty hard to tackle with bad shoulders. I am excited about camp getting started as I am sure everyone else is.  And what's with these kids trying to be the grammar police?  Who needs that nonsense?  Not anyone here, save oit for school kids, we are adults here and could not care less how people spell.  My neghbor makes about $180k a year and has a hideous southern/country accent, to the point where it is barely understandable to anyone with a brain. "Boy" is a 2-syllable word in his dialect. He has sloppy handwriting like a 5 year-old, and, as you may have guessed - can't spell a lick, so who really cares anyway.  Have a good week all.



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: July 20, 2010 9:54 am
 

Bob Sanders career over?

Sadly, I don't think he plays in any more than 4 games this year if he is back. Something will get injured and he will be ou. And probably out of the league after his contract expires.



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: July 20, 2010 1:38 am
 

Bob Sanders career over?

He owes the Colts money for going all out and playing balls to the wall?  Wow.  Frankly, the Colts signed him despite his injury history, it's their loss.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.

The guy was an absolute stud for them when healthy.

and Gary Busey is an absolute stud when sober...



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: July 20, 2010 1:32 am
 

Bob Sanders career over?

Betty White herself would be more durable in the NFL than Bob "glass joints" Sanders.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2010 12:29 am
 

Bob Sanders career over?

BOTH RONNIE LOTT AND BOB SANDERS ARE OVERRATED SAFETIES lott was just a hard hitter, not a real athlete a la ed reed Lott was a Pro Bowl corner before switching to free safety.  As a safety, both free and strong, he led the league twice in INTs.  He also had 4 seasons with 100+ tackles, one of them as a full time corner.  You have no clue what you're talking about.




Since: Jul 10, 2010
Posted on: July 20, 2010 12:01 am
 

Bob Sanders career over?

BOTH RONNIE LOTT AND BOB SANDERS ARE OVERRATED SAFETIES... bob had ONE good year, nothing about him is great... lott was just a hard hitter, not a real athlete a la ed reed



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2010 10:20 pm
 

Bob Sanders career over?

The last players strike was 1987, not 1986.  One week of games was completely cancelled and 3 weeks were with replacement players.  Lott played all 12 of the 49ers regular games. I thought my numbers were off a little.  You're right about the strike years.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2010 9:38 pm
 

Bob Sanders career over?

not to rain on your parade apocalypse colt, but where do you gert off saying the colts dont need sanders service to win.   last i checked, they got the snot knocked out of them by the saints AND LOST THE SUPERBOWL.  Breese passed the ball all over the place so yeah i think sanders would have probably made some difference. 



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2010 9:37 pm
 

Bob Sanders career over?

This story should be removed because it is just a badly written rumor-based piece of fodder!!! I guess you must have missed the title of this Blog is called "NFL Facts & RUMORS".  So, no, it doesn't need to be removed because it's doing exactly what the title states.



Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2010 9:30 pm
 

Bob Sanders career over?

Actually, he played 6 full seasons, '86 was only 14 games because of the strike shortened season.

Also, only twice did Lott miss significant time with injuries.  Most of his injuries were of the one game here and there variety.  The comparison to Bob Sanders and his litany of double digit games out per season can't be made.  It's two different scenarios.

While nobody is denying his ability when he plays, the fact is that Sanders has only played in more than 6 games in a season twice over his 6 year career.

The last players strike was 1987, not 1986.  One week of games was completely cancelled and 3 weeks were with replacement players.  Lott played all 12 of the 49ers regular games. 


And he played a full season in 1982 as well - the season was only 9 games which was also due to a players strike.


That means Lott played all his teams' games in 7 seasons.   Sanders has never played all the Colts games. 







To emphasis just how great the disparity is between Lott and Sanders, consider the percentage of games both players were available to their teams for regular season games.................


Lott     &
nbsp;   192 games out of a possible 213    =   90%


Sanders     47 games out of a possible 96      =   49%




Whatever comparison that was attempted with respect to Lott failed miserably. 





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