Yesterday, NFL.com columnist Michael Lombardi waited until the last paragraph to say something sad…or stupid, actually. Lombardi made up rumor saying Indianapolis Colts’ safety Bob Sanders will never play football again and said that his career may be over.
“There is some concern that Bob Sanders might never be able to play football again, with his shoulder and biceps issues,” and, “He reduced his contract but his rehab has been slow.”
According to Bob Sanders’ agent, he says the Internet rumor is completely false and not true at all. Lombardi didn’t offer much details than just one or two sentences on the whole ordeal.
It first caused conflict when a source at ProFootballWeekly.com reported that Sanders is having the best off-season of his career. Jim Caldwell said he was doing fine as well.
“He feels good about where he is physically, and when he feels good about himself physically, obviously he can relax and play the game the way he knows how,” Caldwell said. “All of us realize when he cuts it loose, some big things are bound to happen.”
A team spokesman for the team said nothing has changed since the month of June.
Sanders has missed a lot in the past two seasons and missed 14 last season. But he has participated in all of the practices and everything and hopes to get himself back into shape for the 2010-11 season. It was also reported Sanders will reduce his contract.
“I’ve been able to rehab myself back to pretty decent health where I can actually practice full-time,” Sanders said. “The knee has been doing great. The arm has been doing great. I feel great.”
Sanders has three years remaining on his contract of a five-year deal for over $37 million.
What Lombardi said was just a bad idea. It was just a rumor he made up. Since moving from the National Football Post to NFL.com, things haven’t been going so well. He’s might as well just another Chad Ford or Adrian Wojnarowski, guys who just make up rumors just to get hits.
Not a good idea. I expect Sanders to have a pretty solid year coming back. Maybe we can finally see a full, 16-game season for number 21.
Oh, boy, let’s hope so.