Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Without Bob Sanders, Colts thin at safety
By Paul Kuharsky
Solutions to the Indianapolis Colts' run defense woes won’t come in the form of any thudding hits from strong safety Bob Sanders. Adam Schefter reports Sanders, hurt in the first half of the loss in Houston, is out indefinitely and perhaps for the season.
It’s possible we’ve seen the last of him in a Colts uniform.
When he plays, Sanders can be a terror. His 2007 Defensive Player of the Year award attests to that. But his reckless style resulted in multiple injuries and now it seems fair to say he’s simply not put together in a way that allows him to sustain the pounding of an NFL season.
He’s played in 48 games since he was a second-round pick in 2004 out of Iowa, and he’s missed 49 games. If this is a season-ender, those numbers will be 48 and 64.
Melvin Bullitt isn’t the playmaker Sanders can be. But he’s proved to be an above-average and reliable replacement. Safety depth, however, is now an issue. Undrafted rookie Brandon King, a cornerback at Purdue, is the lone healthy reserve safety now.