Colts SS Bob Sanders has a torn biceps tendon, which could result in him missing the entire 2010 season, according to a report on ESPN.com He suffered the tear in Indy's Week One loss to the Texans.
The 2007 Defensive Player of the Year has a long injury history. He has played in only 46 games in his seven-year career, including eight total in 2008-09. A torn biceps also ended his '09 season in Week Eight.
The way we see it
Losing Sanders is no longer a shock for the Colts, but it's still a huge loss. Backup Melvin Bullit, who has started 21 games in the past two seasons and is familiar with the team's defensive system, is a capable replacement — Bullit came up with a big interception in the second quarter against the Texans — but he does not provide the same type of physical presence that Sanders brings to the field. At only 5-8, 206 pounds, many believe that Sanders' physicality has been the reason he can't stay on the field. The speed and recklessness he plays with often equates to major collisions.
Sanders has only played in nine games since signing a five-year, $37.5 million extension in 2007. If this injury does, in fact, turn out to be season ending, Sanders' career with the Colts could be over. He is due $5 million in 2011 and $7 million in 2012 — a very large financial risk for a player with his track record health-wise.