Another early end for Bob Sanders

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The injury bug has taken another big bite out of Bob Sanders.

Sanders’ season is over after the Chargers placed him on injured reserve Wednesday, three days after he missed their Week Three win with a knee injury. The early end to Sanders’ season shouldn’t come as much surprise to anyone who has followed Sanders’ career. Since winning the Defensive Player of the Year Award for the 2007 season, Sanders has played in just 11 games for the Colts and Chargers as one injury after another has kept him from being on the field reliably. The Chargers were hoping he’d be able to stay healthy enough to help their secondary after he was released by the Colts, but it just wasn’t in the cards for a player who was as good as they get when he was able to be in uniform.

“All we wished for Bob was good health and hoped to turn him loose to do his thing, which was being one great, physical, highly-competitive player,” General Manager A.J. Smith said in a statement. “It didn’t work out for him or us, and we wish him the very best. He was with us a very short time, but made a positive impact with our team in many ways, and I’ll always appreciate that.”

When this season comes to an end, Sanders will have played 50 out of a possible 128 regular season games since being drafted out of Iowa. The words what might have been come to mind.

The Chargers will fill his roster spot with another player trying to recapture their former glory. They signed defensive tackle Tommie Harris, who was a Pro Bowler with the Bears. His play slipped significantly over the last two years and he lost his starting job in 2010. Harris was cut by the Colts in training camp and could play relatively quickly for a Chargers team that has been ravaged by injuries on their defensive front.

99 responses to “Another early end for Bob Sanders

  1. Has there ever been a player who has had so many major injuries? It’s really too bad. Bud Grant used to say a player’s value isn’t measured by his ability but by his durability.

  2. Time to let it go. He maybe would have been 1 of the greats. When he entered the NFL, I remember someone saying he was to tough for his own good. Best of luck to him.

  3. Too bad with him. He plays hard. As a Pats fan, felt he played best against us after Reed, as a safety.

    He should give old Rodney a call to see if he can get some advice with anything that allows him to Help Get Healed quicker.

  4. Sorry to hear this.
    He has the heart of a junk yard dog, but the body of Yorkshire Terrier.
    And YES, I am a Colts fan.

  5. I know most of you probably can’t wait to post a ‘funny’ comment, but try to show a little class.

    It’s the end of a career for somebody who could have been a really special player. Think about that before you hit submit.

  6. “it just wasn’t in the cards for a player who was as good as they get when he was able to be in uniform.”

    If by “they,” you mean “the group of players starting at the rung below the truly top notch guys like Polamalu and Reed,” then sure, he was as good as “they” get.

  7. I really hope he comes back and stays healthy from here on in.

    There was a tackle in the Patriots game that he made that I was sure that he suffered this injury on. I’m not sure if there is a clip online, but he came flying in from outer space to nail a guy and his body went flying.

  8. Sorry to hear this news. The guy played with all of his heart and every bit of his capabilities. Simply, his 5’9″ frame could not take any more of the pounding from all of the damage. I am assuming he has had 20+ surgeries/procedures in the last five years to get him on the field. I wish him a speedy recover and the ability to play with his grandchildren some day.

  9. I really hope he comes back and stays healthy from here on in.

    There was a tackle in the Patriots game that he made that I was sure that he suffered this injury on. I’m not sure if there is a clip online, but he came flying in from outer space to nail a guy and his body went flying.

    Can’t blame AJ for taking a flyer on him. He and Weddle would have been a fantastic tandem down the stretch.

  10. Even all banged up he’s better than anyone the Patriots have lined up with Patrick Chung this season!

  11. This is sad. I really think he had the chance to be one of the truly special players of our generation. It seems as though not only has he been robbed of that chance, but we have been as well. Best wishes Bob.

  12. Sad. This guy was a beast and made football more enjoyable to watch. Sorry to see it happen to any player. Especially one with an insane amount of talent

  13. This guy just can’t catch a break.

    Bob, hang them cleats up, we all know you are a warrior, but after all its just a game and it isn’t worth it, that you can’t walk once you’re 50 and play with your kids.

  14. I’ve seen Unbreakable before… but I didn’t know it was Bob Sanders playing Mr. Glass in it!
    Man tough break for this cat though for real…
    Never seen a guy that is always injured like he is.
    Good luck Bob!

  15. He might not have his health, but he should retire with his money while he can still cover his health care expenses.

  16. this is a guy i feel so bad for. he had the work ethic u ask for…..but the body of glass. hope him the best. prlly the best player to not stay healthy in yrs

  17. I was surprised he got the contract offer that he did. He had the heart to hit like a Mack truck but the body never could back that up.

    Please retire Mr. Sanders and cherish what health you’ll be able to recover.

  18. if he wants to play next year, some team will give him a shot. assuming he isnt greedy, what does a team really have to lose?

  19. Gee, how shocking. What’s this guy’s average salary…one million dollars per game? Sure hasn’t played in many games over the years…and finished maybe one complete season.

  20. I hear some clowns around here using words like “fragile.” Does that make you feel like “tough guys?”

    This isn’t about him being fragile. Injuries—especially the ones in Sanders career, are all about bad luck. Period.

  21. 11inthebox says:
    Sep 28, 2011 5:58 PM
    I hear some clowns around here using words like “fragile.” Does that make you feel like “tough guys?”

    This isn’t about him being fragile. Injuries—especially the ones in Sanders career, are all about bad luck. Period.
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    Yep – you’re either lucky you’re not fragile or not. Period.

  22. I have to0 laugh at all you people saying this is sad. He played a game for millions of dollars. It’s a trade most people would take in a heartbeat. I don’t feel bad for him at all.

    And they call Al Davis stupid in San Diego??? LOL.

  23. Wow!! What is wrong with this guy in that he cant stay healthy for more than a few game a year. Hes gotta be done now i wouldnt want him on my team. He is one of the most fragile players ive ever seen

  24. Tough position. Gotta hand it to John Lynch and Ronnie Lott for bringing the heat as long as they did.
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    Don’t forget Dawkins… Still going albeit a shell of his former self.

  25. arbiterflick says:
    Sep 28, 2011 5:23 PM
    I know most of you probably can’t wait to post a ‘funny’ comment, but try to show a little class.

    It’s the end of a career for somebody who could have been a really special player. Think about that before you hit submit.

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    BFD.

    It’s not like the guy died, for Pete’s sake.

    Sanders has been stealing paychecks for going on four seasons now. Yet ANOTHER injury, is fair game. Who are you, the PFT Humor Patrol?

    “Got a permit for that satire, buddy?”

    I don’t know how long you’ve been coming here to PFT, but humor is a staple and only dead guys are exempt.

    Except for Terry Bradshaw.

  26. 11inthebox says:
    Injuries—especially the ones in Sanders career, are all about bad luck. Period.

    —————————————————————-

    Funny how it’s always the same guys with the “bad luck”, isn’t it?

  27. I live in Bob Sanders’ hometown of Erie, PA. You should hear the news totally trip over themselves to mention he’s from Erie every time he’s in the news.

    “And Bob Sanders – from Erie, PA – will join the Colts in the Super Bowl…”

    “Bob Sanders – from Erie, PA – is injured again…”

    You’d think he was a sure-fire HOF’er listening to the local news.

    I guess that’s what happens when a city’s biggest claim to fame is being featured in a Tom Hanks movie and having a HOF receiver (Fred Beletnikoff) come from your town, but trash it every chance he got.

  28. Injuries—especially the ones in Sanders career, are all about bad luck

    Probably genetics. Either way, it’s something out of his control.

    He has plenty of time to get ready for another try at next season if he so desires.

  29. To bad he was a hell of player when healthy. Still remember Sanders blowing up big running backs like Jerome Bettis and Cedric Benson in games early on in his career. For a little guy the dude could hit.
    In the end though his body could not the punishment, to bad.

  30. wow thats a shock, almost as shocking that dumbolt has nothing ever to say on a chargers post, but spews on anything raider.

  31. Probably time for this guy to hang them up. His body has repeatedly rejected the notion that he can be any kind of consistent player at the NFL level. Sucks too because he’s very talented. But he just can’t stay on the field, and if you can’t do that then you’re no use to anybody.

  32. It’s ok, now he has more time to work on his autobiography.

    Which I hope to someday make into a movie.

    A movie in which Samuel L. Jackson plays him.

    Alternating between a cane and a wheelchair.

    And after that, I will go on to make other, more bafflingly bad movies.

  33. “pnut87 says:
    Sep 28, 2011 7:20 PM
    How many times has this guy been on IR?”

    More times than he has career games played.

  34. Hey, if I could get him for the veteran minimum next year I would…..as a part timer, though…. Maybe the pats or someone will give him a shot….situational guy or whatever. When healthy, an impact player.

  35. Get well Mr. Bob Sanders.

    You were a hell of a player throughout your career. Sometimes, we all catch bad breaks, and you’ve certainly had your share.

    Get well soon – if you have a family, enjoy them. It might be time to retire and enjoy what you’ve earned.

    Although…as a huge football fan, I’d be sad to see you go.

  36. Chad Pennington’s announcing for Fox now. (He’s still in the booth, isn’t he?) Bob might want to contact him about a gig.

  37. I really like Bob Sanders, but as a “hitter” he has no technique, which is why he gets hurt so much. Basically the guy uses his body as a human projectile and with that will come injuries. Their is a science to hitting and he just doesn’t know it.

    Unfortunately way too many players just “throw” their bodies at the point of contact, as opposed to hitting “through” their target. To me and it’s just my opinion, the best “technical” hitter who understood the science of it and played in the secondary was Jack Tatum. Rarely left his feet, always hit through his target and drove with his legs. Very few times did I see that guy hurt his self trying to knock a guy into next week.

    I know alot will say Ronnie Lott, but he hurt his self often with that “launching” style while not maintaining his feet.

    JMHO.

  38. When you write, played 50 out of a possible 128 regular season games since being drafted out of Iowa. The words what might have been come to mind.”

    What you should have written would be, “played 50 out of a possible 128 regular season games since being drafted out of Iowa. The words, “what might have been” come to mind.

    Or,

    played 50 out of a possible 128 regular season games since being drafted out of Iowa. The words what-might-have-been come to mind.

    Or…oh bloody hell: why am I forced to tell YOU HOW TO WRITE?

  39. leatherface2012 says: Sep 28, 2011 9:40 PM

    i tried launching myself into my wife, but got flagged for unnecessary horn doggedness

    @leatherface2012 – You are so wrong for that!!!!!LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. I thought he was gonna get healthy put a consecutive starts streak together that rivaled Brett’s. I’m stunned…

  41. I am not a fan of the Chargers, but its sad to see his season end again, he is a guy who plays “all out” every week he was out there when healthy. I admire that and hope he gets another chance down the line.

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