The Colts are still rolling along at 7-0, but let’s just say that going undefeated for much longer is going to be a lot tougher as some big name players were put on the shelf Friday. The team today placed CB Marlin Jackson and strong safety Bob Sanders on injured reserve, ending each of their seasons.
Jackson, who missed the second half of the 2008 season after injuring his right knee during practice, suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his left knee during a non-contact drill Wednesday. He had been rehabbing the knee after he was hurt against Seattle on October 4th.
Sanders, a two-time Pro Bowler, tore his left bicep against the 49ers last weekend and will need surgery.
The shame of it is he had just gotten back in the lineup two weeks ago. He had missed all of training camp and the first five games of the year after undergoing offseason knee surgery. He has missed 40 of 87 games during his injury-plagued, six-year NFL career.
Indianapolis’ other veteran cornerback, Kelvin Hayden, is also expected to be sidelined for the next three to four weeks after he suffered a sprained knee during the 18-14 win over San Francisco. Hayden is not expected to undergo surgery.
“Not real sure (how long Hayden will be out),” coach Jim Caldwell said. “We’re kind of looking at probably a three to four week window.”