Colts Will Need To Find a Way Without Bob Sanders

Trever RobyContributor ISeptember 18, 2008

Just when things turn around for the Colts, they get another obstacle thrown at them.

Their Pro Bowl [and 2007 NFL's defensive player of the year] safety, Bob Sanders, will miss an undetermined amount of time for a high-ankle sprain, according to Tony Dungy.

“He’s going to miss some time with a high-ankle sprain – how much that is, we’ll have to see,” Dungy said Wednesday.

The absence of Bob Sanders will definitely affect the Colts on the field, but it doesn't mean they are done without him. Second-year safety Melvin Bullitt will most likely take his place, alongside Pro Bowl safety Antoine Bathea.

“Of course, there’s a drop-off. With a great player like Bob, there’s going to be some sort of drop-off. There may not be that spectacular play, but have a guy go out there and do his job? Definitely, we can still do that.” Stated Dwight Freeney.

With the departure of Bob Sanders, there is some good news. The same day Dungy announced Sanders injury, he also announced that Pro Bowl center Jeff Saturday and tight end Dallas Clark are will most likely play Sunday against the Jags. However, offensive linemen Tony Ugoh, guard Mike Pollak, and tight end Jacob Tamme are all doubtful for Sunday.

“We were complaining about having a Week 4 bye when the schedule came out, but maybe it’s the Lord’s way of looking out for us and taking care of us,” Dungy said. “It’s going to come at a good time. Especially if we can get a win and get some of these guys healed up, it’s going to look like it’s coming at a good time.”