Colts safety Bob Sanders is on the practice field in training camp, and he’s firing away at NFL.com for reporting last month that his career was in jeopardy.
Asked about a report from NFL.com’s Michael Lombardi that Sanders “might never be able to play football again” because of the ruptured biceps tendon that cost him most of the 2009 season, Sanders went off.
“Tabloid media. I barely read it,” Sanders said. “I had a couple of people call me and say it was crazy, but I don’t know. [The media] can come up with that type of stuff, speculation about how a guy’s doing.”
The Colts and Sanders’ agent previously disputed Lombardi’s report that Sanders had reduced his contract.
Sanders has been plagued by injuries for much of his career, but he said he was surprised by the NFL.com report because he actually feels better right now than he does most years at the start of training camp.
“I’m as healthy as I’ve been in a long time,” Sanders said. “It is strange. I’m usually on the PUP [physically unable to perform] list and sitting out, not expecting to play very many preseason games. I’m excited this year. [That's why] it was kind of weird that they were saying my career was almost over.”
NFL.com and Lombardi are apparently standing by the story, because it still appears online with no correction appended. Then again, Lombardi’s story that Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis will not hold out from training camp also still appears online with no correction appended.