The Colts announced Wednesday that they have placed S Bob Sanders on injured reserve. To replace him on the active roster, the team activated DB David Pender off the practice squad.
Pender, a 6-0, 180-pound undrafted rookie out of Purdue, was signed by the Eagles after the draft but was cut by the team Sept. 3. He was then added to the Ravens' practice squad, where he had been before signing with the Colts on Nov. 11.
Sanders suffered a biceps tear in the team's Week One loss to the Texans and has been unable to return to action ever since. Indianapolis had been holding a roster spot for the former Pro Bowler, but no longer can afford to play a man down.
Sanders' career has been hampered by injuries, as he has played in just nine regular-season games over the past three seasons.
The way we see it
Sanders' rehab hasn't gone as expected, and the 29-year-old has yet to be cleared to practice. The Colts were hoping for a repeat of the 2006 season, when Sanders returned for the playoffs and helped lead the team to a Super Bowl victory.
But with CB Jerraud Powers being placed on injured reserve with a broken forearm, the Colts needed more depth in the defensive backfield.
It wouldn't be shocking if Sanders has played his final game in Indianapolis. He was the highest-paid safety in the league at the time of his signing and still has two years left on his deal. It's tough to see the Colts shelling out large sums of money to a player who struggles to stay on the field.