Jim Caldwell spoke to the press yesterday about the status of injured safety Bob Sanders:
"He’s down in Alabama. He’s checking in with Dr. (James) Andrews. He’s doing well. Dr. Andrews has looked at him and really feels he’s on target and coming along. He’ll be there for a couple days and when he comes back, he’ll continue on with the process he’s going through here in terms of his rehab. He’s making progress. He’s moving forward. He feels good about where he is. Dr. Andrews feels good about where he is. That means I should feel good about where he is."
I share PhilB's belief that Bob will not play in the season opener against the Jaguars. Melvin Bullitt is a high quality safety (who could start for most teams, including the Jags!). Bullitt can hold the fort until the monster known as Bobzilla returns.
The key element for Bob is he must play most of this season healthy. If he goes down again and misses a majority of the regular season, I don't think the Colts will keep him around for much longer. In December 2007, the Colts signed Bob to a five-year, $37.5 million dollar deal with $20 million guaranteed. I believe Bob makes more than Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu, and right now both those guys are better than Bob because they can stay on the field. And players who only play four or five games a year should not, and cannot, count over $7 million against your cap. Just to give you some perspective, if Melvin Bullitt plays much of the season at strong safety again this year, this means that we are getting production from someone who counts only $400K against the cap while $7 million is sitting in the training room.
I am a huge Bob Sanders fan. Huge! But, this season is, in some ways, make or break for Bob. His reputation is that of an injury prone player. If he wants to shed that rep and convince both the league and us Colts fans that he can stay healthy, it starts now.
Bob in the training room is starting to get more familiar than Bob blasting some running back at the line of scrimmage.