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Report: Bob Sanders might never be able to play football again

Colts safety Bob Sanders said last month that he feels great and is excited about getting back on the field after playing just two games last season.

But Michael Lombardi of NFL.com reports that there are concerns that Sanders won’t be able to get back onto the field at all.

According to Lombardi, there is some concern that Sanders might never be able to play football again, thanks to shoulder and bicep issues stemming from the ruptured bicep tendon that Sanders suffered last year. Although Sanders says he feels great, Lombardi says Sanders’ rehab has been slow.

Lombardi also reports that Sanders “reduced his contract,” but Lombardi provides no details. Sanders signed a five-year, $37 million contract with the Colts in 2007, and as of late in the 2009 season, Colts G.M. Bill Polian sounded comfortable with continuing to have Sanders playing under that contract, even though it’s obviously disappointing to the Colts that Sanders has played just eight games the last two years.

Overall, Lombardi’s report is a surprise — it’s surprising that there’s so much concern about Sanders’ health after he pronounced himself “great,” surprising to hear that Sanders reduced his contract, and surprising that NFL.com buried such major news about a former Defensive Player of the Year in the final paragraph of an easy-to-overlook notes column.

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54 Responses to “Report: Bob Sanders might never be able to play football again”
  1. The Real Shuxion says: Jul 19, 2010 11:24 AM

    You cannot beat the injury bug. If you get injured, you get injured. It just happens to people, unfair as it is.

  2. funi says: Jul 19, 2010 11:25 AM

    So when the Colts lose again this year, Peyton and management can blame Sanders..

  3. 5150cd says: Jul 19, 2010 11:27 AM

    Please tell me this is all a bad dream.

  4. FAST says: Jul 19, 2010 11:28 AM

    I WOULD HAVE KEPT IT LOW KEY AS WELL UNTIL THE TEAM/PLAYER WAS SURE OF WHAT WAS GOING ON…… I’D RATHER SEE THE STORY WHEN IT HAPPENS, THAN SEE IT LONG BEFORE ANYONE KNOWS FOR SURE……
    HEY THAT REMINDS ME…..IS BRETT COMING BACK THIS YEAR????? WILL THE EAGLES CUT VICK?????

  5. myeaglescantwin says: Jul 19, 2010 11:30 AM

    this midget is a beast. i hope he’s able to come back. the dude plays the game like you are supposed to . good luck man

  6. BigMikeSkinsFan says: Jul 19, 2010 11:31 AM

    i have always hated hearing bob sanders mentioned with the elite safeties. he is too small, he has to dive at the legs to knock people down and he is injured way too much.
    that being said…i hope he is ok for his own sake.

  7. ShootahCowboy says: Jul 19, 2010 11:31 AM

    Great players when 100%. What a shame.
    Tough way to end a career as well. Hopefully that is not the case…

  8. Outsyder says: Jul 19, 2010 11:35 AM

    Not exactly breaking news.

  9. thatswhatshesaid says: Jul 19, 2010 11:39 AM

    I call bullshit….there is no “issues” with his shoulder or bicep. He had ONE issue with a muscle tear. If you tell me it’s his knee, then I’d gladly worry with you, but since it’s not, I still expect Bobzilla to suit up for week one vs. the Texans.

  10. DogCollar says: Jul 19, 2010 11:39 AM

    Two weeks in a row, Mike Lombardi proves that he has no idea what he’s talking about. Last week, Adrian Peterson was upset with his contract, but Peterson discounted that report strongly on ESPN. Now, Sanders’ career is in jeopardy due to a bicep tendon rupture? Please. Brett Favre had his bicep tendon surgically ruptured so he could have his best year, statiscally, as a professional quarterback. Now, why would Sanders’ bicep injury hamper his career as a defensive back?

  11. TheSleepness says: Jul 19, 2010 11:45 AM

    game changer when he’s in the game. sucks if true.

  12. Hap says: Jul 19, 2010 11:51 AM

    It’s sad to say, but the truth hurts. Unfortunately, he’s spent and we all know it.

  13. Caldon says: Jul 19, 2010 11:52 AM

    This guy always was and always will be over rated. That whole superman nickname is stupid too.
    I always did enjoy every week though when he would be out how the announcers would talk about how much better the D would be when “superman” came back. Then he would come back and they would still suck, and then he would be hurt again. It made for some amusing rhetoric, especially when it would ratchet up to the level where they made it seem him missing was the only thing making this team from being invincible.

  14. joetoronto says: Jul 19, 2010 11:56 AM

    If he done, it’s a damn shame.
    Sanders plays the game the way it should be played, balls to the wall.

  15. SeriousRadio says: Jul 19, 2010 12:00 PM

    Michael Smith sounds very disappointed that he almost missed this item on Sandews because it wasn’t gift wrapped with a bow.

  16. FAST says: Jul 19, 2010 12:00 PM

    @Caldon says:
    July 19, 2010 11:52 AM
    This guy always was and always will be over rated. That whole superman nickname is stupid too.
    I always did enjoy every week though when he would be out how the announcers would talk about how much better the D would be when “superman” came back. Then he would come back and they would still suck, and then he would be hurt again. It made for some amusing rhetoric, especially when it would ratchet up to the level where they made it seem him missing was the only thing making this team from being invincible.
    ——————————————————
    HAVE YOU EVER COMPARED THE STATS OF WHEN HE PLAYS AND WHEN HE DOESNT PLAY?
    THE DEFENSE IS BETTER WITH HIM ON THE FIELD, JUST GO LOOK AT THE NUMBERS.

  17. SixburghSteelers says: Jul 19, 2010 12:03 PM

    My Steelers could have had him and Troy in the same Def Backfield…instead we pick some guy who’s not even in the league anymore (I think)
    Ricardo Colclough….
    C’mon man!!!!
    When healthy he IS one of the top safeties in the league.

  18. minhw0714 says: Jul 19, 2010 12:03 PM

    @Outsyder – you are on point.
    In other earth shattering news, water is actually wet. More film at 11.

  19. richkotitte says: Jul 19, 2010 12:08 PM

    He’s still technically young enough to join the armed forces and someday become ‘Colonel Sanders’….

  20. bodhisattva says: Jul 19, 2010 12:08 PM

    He’s too small to be tackling 250lb mo’ fo’s, fo sho.
    RiP little man…..

  21. thatswhatshesaid says: Jul 19, 2010 12:09 PM

    @ Caldon…I guess you missed the 2006 season? Lets recap…Bob misses most of the season with an injury. The whole time he’s out, the Colts D is suckin something awful. The Colts get the playoffs and Bob is healthy enough to play and what happens? The Defense just magically got bad ass in the playoffs? No credit to Sanders being in there at all huh? Then…they go on to win the Super Bowl, where he had an INT and a forced fumble.
    I mean I understand being a hater, but you can’t discredit him when you know he’s a beast. And lets not forget that fact the member of the Colts D has even said, when Bob is on the field, we all play better.
    Keep sippin on the Haterade pal.

  22. numberfour says: Jul 19, 2010 12:10 PM

    well he was sure effective FOR A WHILE
    just not in a long while

  23. purpleguy says: Jul 19, 2010 12:14 PM

    This is the same guy that the Raiders dumped and can’t get hired elsewhere. The same guy that said Adrian Peterson was pissed about a contract that will pay him $17M the next 2 years, yet when someone bothered to ask Peterson, he said the report was crap. Yeah, let’s take his word as gospel.

  24. pftfanboy says: Jul 19, 2010 12:14 PM

    @ Caldon -
    i’m not sure how closely you have watched Indy in the past, but if you remember when RB’s were going for an avg of 150 and up against the Colts, that number went down by about 50% with one change….. Sanders return to the lineup.

  25. 6goingon7 says: Jul 19, 2010 12:19 PM

    Such a shame. Sanders is one hell of an athlete. I bleed black and gold and don’t care much for the Colts…but the guy is/was fun to watch.
    come on football season……COME ON!!!!!

  26. thatswhatshesaid says: Jul 19, 2010 12:19 PM

    The Colts do not leak injury information. At all. This is just a moronic opinion, by an overweight NFL “analyst” who has little to no knowledge about much of anything. Bob has been at every off season workout, something he hasn’t done in years, and has publicly said him self that he feels 100% better.
    Cite me a better source than Mike Lombardi and I’ll take you a little more seriously next time.

  27. ampats says: Jul 19, 2010 12:24 PM

    As a Pats fan I can say this guy was the real deal. A game changing safety when healthy.
    For anyone to comment, that he really was overrated or not that good, its obvious that you really don’t watch the NFL .
    With that said, I thought his injury would doom the Colts last year which it didn’t until the SB.
    Tough break if true from Colts fans and I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss Lombardi’s report.

  28. Belichick Is God says: Jul 19, 2010 12:25 PM

    Does he strut and flex his muscles all around the doctor’s offices, or does he only do that when there is a camera pointed in his direction?
    The great news keeps coming from Indy: Wayne may hold out and whines, lineman gripe about owner criticism, the franchise keeps blowing $$$ on fake toughman Bobbi Sanders, and ex-posterchild for the franchise Marvin Harrison probably capped another thug while I wrote this post.
    good times, good times…

  29. Ufanforreal says: Jul 19, 2010 12:25 PM

    # BigMikeSkinsFan says: July 19, 2010 11:31 AM
    i have always hated hearing bob sanders mentioned with the elite safeties. he is too small, he has to dive at the legs to knock people down and he is injured way too much.
    that being said…i hope he is ok for his own sake.
    ——————————————————
    Then you didn’t pay to much attention to the games, Sanders hit players square in the chest many times to take them down, that’s why they said pound for pound the toughest player on the field. aka superman.

  30. stuulman says: Jul 19, 2010 12:29 PM

    Lombardi also said that the Colts, Chargers, and DOLPHINS were the only super-bowl-caliber teams in the AFC. What a bum!!

  31. Ufanforreal says: Jul 19, 2010 12:31 PM

    # thatswhatshesaid says: July 19, 2010 12:19 PM
    The Colts do not leak injury information. At all. This is just a moronic opinion, by an overweight NFL “analyst” who has little to no knowledge about much of anything. Bob has been at every off season workout, something he hasn’t done in years, and has publicly said him self that he feels 100% better.
    Cite me a better source than Mike Lombardi and I’ll take you a little more seriously next time.
    ——————————————————
    He was also the source that announced Peyton had a second knee operation that everyone discounted, guess what it was true………just saying.

  32. Batman says: Jul 19, 2010 12:37 PM

    Being a Pats fan, I have truly become a fan of Bob Sanders. That being said, I dont wish ill will on anyone, but it would be nice to see him in street clothes. Thats about as respectfull as I can be …being a Colt hater.

  33. drumbug71 says: Jul 19, 2010 12:39 PM

    Sixburgh Steelers — that’s true, but then we’d have two guys not playing, on the injury report each week instead of just Polamalu…

  34. Ranoversquarells says: Jul 19, 2010 12:40 PM

    Sanders is what made that defense scary. Freeney and Mathis notwithstanding, Sanders was always the hammer on the nail.
    Even as a Patriots fan I hope he comes back soon …

  35. Reggie'sBush says: Jul 19, 2010 12:41 PM

    I guess that means Peyton is stuck at 1 ring forever.
    Well, since Mr. “I live off of my last name and not merit” Lombardi reported this we can disregard.

  36. thatswhatshesaid says: Jul 19, 2010 12:43 PM

    Here’s the words right of Sanders mouth….”I’ve been able to rehab myself back to pretty decent health where I can actually practice full time,” Sanders said. “OTA’s have really gone well for me. The knee has been doing great. The arm has been doing great. I feel great.”
    Does that sound like someone Colts fans should be concerned about? Not a single bit….
    this is a non story.

  37. steelerfansarere-tards says: Jul 19, 2010 12:48 PM

    thatswhatshesaid says:
    July 19, 2010 11:39 AM
    I call bullshit….there is no “issues” with his shoulder or bicep. He had ONE issue with a muscle tear. If you tell me it’s his knee, then I’d gladly worry with you, but since it’s not, I still expect Bobzilla to suit up for week one vs. the Texans.
    ————————————————-
    Given this dude’s track record, I find it hard to claim B.S. on this report. Yeah, if you are talking about Manning or someone who hasn’t repeatedly had the injury bug, I’d agree with you. But I believe this report until he shows up on the field. Really sad though, for such a good player.

  38. D says: Jul 19, 2010 12:53 PM

    Whatever Mike Lombardi says, the opposite is true.

  39. Ufanforreal says: Jul 19, 2010 12:55 PM

    # Belichick Is God says: July 19, 2010 12:25 PM
    Does he strut and flex his muscles all around the doctor’s offices, or does he only do that when there is a camera pointed in his direction?
    The great news keeps coming from Indy: Wayne may hold out and whines, lineman gripe about owner criticism, the franchise keeps blowing $$$ on fake toughman Bobbi Sanders, and ex-posterchild for the franchise Marvin Harrison probably capped another thug while I wrote this post.
    good times, good times…
    —————————————————-
    Damn almost sounds like the Pats team when they were good.

  40. tikyle says: Jul 19, 2010 12:58 PM

    Wow. This Bob Sanders hate is crazy. Do you hate him because he’s great or do you hate him because he stays injured.
    Fact is the guy is a Top 5 NFL safety when he’s on the field. He is the same height as Troy Polamalu and he weighs more, so to say he’s too little is foolish if you say Troy isn’t too little.
    Fact is the dude brings the hammer and his play is infectious. His hits energize the D like a RB does the O when he bowls over a defender.
    It’d be a shame if his career is over. He’s by far my favorite player in the league and watching the Colts these past 2 years is really bittersweet knowing he wasn’t going to play.

  41. Batman says: Jul 19, 2010 1:04 PM

    Ahh…finally..A Patriots bash. Its about time. They have been very good to great longer than most teams ever will be. But..they have an off year then….”what a joke they are”..right. Maybe the Colts will win 3 out of 4 years. Then go 16-0 in the regular season. Maybe…but…probably not

  42. OHare says: Jul 19, 2010 1:09 PM

    The reason they call him Bob is because OVERRATED was too long to put on his jersey. Maybe IR-4-Ever would be better.

  43. aligreene says: Jul 19, 2010 1:10 PM

    hope he took care of his money then ,but i think he will play this year and probably hurt something else its just how it is in football

  44. phatdawg13 says: Jul 19, 2010 1:11 PM

    Lombardi knows nothing of the NFL. He is a hack and a bum. Have read countless of his articles and one thing remains the same. He is always wrong. Why the NFL employs this p.o.s. Is totally beyond me. He couldn’t write a true story. Even If he travelled into the future for the information.total chump.

  45. biggredd says: Jul 19, 2010 1:30 PM

    Looks like the steroids finally caught up with Sanders. Oh well, he can count his money one armed.

  46. BigMikeSkinsFan says: Jul 19, 2010 1:38 PM

    Ufanforreal says:
    July 19, 2010 12:25 PM
    Then you didn’t pay to much attention to the games, Sanders hit players square in the chest many times to take them down, that’s why they said pound for pound the toughest player on the field. aka superman.
    ______________________________
    he barely comes up to the chest of most players on the field so I doubt that. He is NOT Superman no matter how many times you say it. Superman doesnt get injured year after year and even that cokehead Irvin called him out on being soft.
    and FAST – YOUR CAPS LOCK ISNT IMPRESSING ANYONE. LEARN TO TYPE LIKE A REGULAR HUMAN BEING.

  47. Sourdough says: Jul 19, 2010 1:40 PM

    Bob Sanders is a stud. I hope Lombardi’s comments are based upon rumor, and not fact.
    joetoronto: we agree on something. What the hell is wrong w. the world!?!

  48. HurriPanther says: Jul 19, 2010 2:29 PM

    Hey Lombardi and Smith, no such thing as a bicep. The singular form is biceps.

  49. jon evans says: Jul 19, 2010 2:31 PM

    # thatswhatshesaid says: July 19, 2010 11:39 AM
    I call bullshit….there is no “issues” with his shoulder or bicep. He had ONE issue with a muscle tear. If you tell me it’s his knee, then I’d gladly worry with you, but since it’s not, I still expect Bobzilla to suit up for week one vs. the Texans.
    ___________________________________
    Hahahaha, I laugh, because it mentions Sanders suiting up in Week One…..we all know he will suit up in Week One, it will be shocking if he suits up in Week Two….

  50. CKL says: Jul 19, 2010 2:43 PM

    # pftfanboy says: July 19, 2010 12:14 PM
    @ Caldon -
    i’m not sure how closely you have watched Indy in the past, but if you remember when RB’s were going for an avg of 150 and up against the Colts, that number went down by about 50% with one change….. Sanders return to the lineup.
    ________________________________
    If you are talking about 06..the main thing they got squared away was the guys on D getting in their gaps better. No doubt BS’s return helped but your run defense does NOT tighten up the way Indy’s did in the 06 playoffs just by adding a tiny safety back into the lineup.
    Yes the guy is a good player but he isn’t THE reason Indy has had a pretty good defense many years.

  51. Fast Richie says: Jul 19, 2010 2:53 PM

    According to this weeks Pro Football Weekly …
    Bob Sanders is coming off his best spring ever after fully participating in OTA’s for the first time in his career. Sanders looked like “a fresh colt”, appearing very excited and energetic.
    … Hmmmm, I guess someone’s way off the mark here!

  52. troll_aikman8 says: Jul 19, 2010 3:10 PM

    Very sad if it’s true. He was always an elite safety, regardless of height. The guy played recklessly good. Not a Colts fan by any means, but this guy was fun to watch.

  53. Ron Burgandy says: Jul 19, 2010 3:31 PM

    “He was also the source that announced Peyton had a second knee operation that everyone discounted, guess what it was true………just saying.”
    ——————————————————
    Yeah but Peyton’s surgery was minor, and no one was saying he would never play football again.

  54. AllThat says: Jul 19, 2010 3:53 PM

    @Bob Evans: Hahahaha, I laugh, because it mentions Sanders suiting up in Week One…..we all know he will suit up in Week One, it will be shocking if he suits up in Week Two….
    ==================================
    While Bennie doesn’t suit up for at least 4 and possibly 6…………do you & Funi practice dropping deuces on your FatHeads of Bennie and then rollinig in it?

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