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Stop me if you've heard this: Bob Sanders to IR

Posted on: September 28, 2011 5:04 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2011 5:12 pm
 
B. Sanders was placed on the IR list by San Diego (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

When the Chargers signed safety Bob Sanders to a one-year deal in March, this was the reaction from general manager A.J. Smith: "We have always held him in high regard. He's a smart, physical, instinctive player. His intensity and playmaking ability can make an immediate impact on our defense."

Smith, though, forgot this caveat: “… When Bob is, you know, healthy.”

Which he hasn’t been for much of his career and which he’s not right now, as the Chargers proved today when they placed Sanders on the Injured Reserve List while signing former Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris, a three-time Pro Bowler who was cut by the Colts in the preseason.

Sanders seemed on his way to having a nice bounceback year -- I, sigh, put him on the Top Ten list of comeback player of the year award possibilities -- recording 12 tackles through the first two games of the season. But he missed last week with a knee injury. And though it sounded only two days ago like the swelling in his knee would keep him out only a short time, that diagnosis apparently changed.

"My career is not really about showing people how tough I can be," Sanders said earlier this week. "I've been down that road. Right now, I'm just trying to be smart."

And now he’s gone for the season.

“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,” 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.”

Where can Sanders possibly go from here? It’s impossible to answer because the guy is never healthy. After this season, he’ll have played only 48 of 128 possible games in his eight-year career, and you have to wonder if another team will take a chance on a player who’s never participated in a full NFL season.

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Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: September 29, 2011 9:02 am
 

Stop me if you've heard this: Bob Sanders to IR

Great player in the 2 years that he actually played 7 games or more.

Otherwise, the Greg Oden of the NFL.

Interesting that Sanders played for Indianapolis, and Oden is from Indianapolis.



Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: September 29, 2011 8:59 am
 

Stop me if you've heard this: Bob Sanders to IR

Does the NFL have 1 game contracts?  That could be an option for next season and beyond for Bob Sanders.  Sign him to a 1 game contract, and if he makes it through the game without getting injured, then they can sign him to another 1 game contract.  When (not if) he gets injured, then he would no longer be under contract.



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 10:56 pm
 

Stop me if you've heard this: Bob Sanders to IR

Great player in the 2 years that he actually played 7 games or more.

Otherwise, the Greg Oden of the NFL.



Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 9:58 pm
 

Stop me if you've heard this: Bob Sanders to IR

It's a damn shame that Bob Sanders is going on the IR, but the move makes sense because the Chargers defensive line was all banged up and at one time they were down to four lineman. So with Tommie Harris's signing, that gives the Chargers five healthy linemen for the game against the Dolphins.


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