Bob Sanders hasn't played a lick of football since the first half of the first game of the season. Prior to that, he hadn't played a lick of football since the early part of the 2009 season, which saw him in uniform in only two games before being placed on IR.
Two years. Three games. Such a damn shame.
Last season proved the Colts did not need Bob Sanders to get to a Super Bowl. This year, because of injuries to Melvin Bullitt and Jamie Silva, the Colts have absolutely no shot to return to the Big Dance without him, and they know it. This is why, in my humble opinion, after injuring his biceps during the Week One disaster against the Houston Texans, the Colts and Bill Polian opted not to put Bob Sanders on IR for the second year in a row.
Earlier today, Phil Wilson of the Indy Star Tweeted this update on Sanders:
#Colts coach Jim Caldwell says injured safety Bob Sanders (biceps surgery) is back in town for an assessment this week.
It's important to temper this news with the stark reality that there is no guarantee that Bob Sanders will return for the 2010 season. Even if he does, odds are he will get hurt again shortly thereafter. I know that sounds harsh, and it hurts to write it because I am a huge Bob Sanders fan. But, the fact is Bob simply is not durable enough to play consistently in the NFL.
That said, I will do what I always do when it comes to Sanders: Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.