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.
-- Andy Benoit
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