Sanders’ Availability Still A Mystery

There’s some good and bad news regarding Indianapolis Colts safety Bob Sanders. I’ll start with the good news first; Sanders did practice for the third time this week on Friday. Now the bad news; the safety was listed as doubtful for the Colts’ game against the Tennessee Titans this Sunday. According to NFL rules, the term “doubtful” means that there is a 75% chance the player in question will not play – therein lies the uncertainty.

To further add to the mystery of Sanders’ availability this weekend are statements made by both Colts head coach Jim Caldwell and Sanders; first Caldwell:

“Not real sure at this point.”

Ummm, ok. What say you, Bob?

“Not sure yet. We haven’t made a decision on that. If you hear anything, you’ll hear it from coach Caldwell.”

Sanders further added:

“I feel good. I haven’t really had any problems. I’ve got a lot more work to do. I’m getting my time in, (getting his defensive) fits and all that stuff back to where it has been and just keep going. As long as we don’t have any setbacks, I think I’m going to be cool.”

Fortunately for the Colts, they have a bye week next week, so regardless of whether Sanders plays Sunday or not, the extra week will without a doubt allow him to rest and get further healed. While it would be preferable that Sanders play at 100%, not having him out there will not change things much. The Titans, by and large, subsist on ther running game and will probably attempt to exploit the Colts’ improving run defense.

So the presence – or lack thereof – of Sanders isn’t going to change very much the overall game plan of the Colts, although it would be very helpful for the secondary to heal up as it is very unlikely that Kelvin Hayden and Marlin Jackson will play agaisnt Tennessee.

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