San Diego Chargers Put Bob Sanders on IR Much to the Surprise of Nobody

Ian PhilipAnalyst IIISeptember 28, 2011

Sanders had a good run with the Chargers
Sanders had a good run with the ChargersDonald Miralle/Getty Images

Well, the San Diego Chargers are used to having way too many injuries, so the news that Bob Sanders is heading to the injured reserve list is not a shock nor a stunner.

If there is one thing I don't have a solid opinion of, it's the Chargers' tendency to get injured early and often. Guys just can't stay healthy—I'm not sure if it's just repeated dumb luck, the way these guys train or what they eat.

Yes, eating the wrong food can cause you to be injury-prone.

Either way, it looks like they'll have to move Steve Gregory back to the strong safety position and hope that Dante Hughes, Marcus Gilchrist or Shareece Wright can play as well as Donald Strickland did covering the slot in 2010.

The Chargers defense should still be fine if they can keep the usual cast of characters healthy.

They have replaced Sanders with Tommie Harris of all people. Harris was once involved in a feud with the Chargers and the Chicago Bears after he starred in a commercial with LaDainian Tomlinson and Philip Rivers.

In the commercial, LT promptly evaded Harris and a bunch of mythical Bears players for a dramatic game-winning touchdown. Brian Urlacher in particular thought that was totally unrealistic.

Between that and Rivers' smack talk during the filming of the commercial, the defending NFC Champion Bears came to San Diego in the 2007 season opener with revenge on their minds.

In the end, the Bears were able to limit LT's yards, but still allowed the future Hall of Famer to pass for one touchdown and run for another as San Diego won 14-3.

Hopefully, the 28-year-old Harris can bring the same type of intensity to the Chargers that he and his Bears showed that day.