Bob Sanders Out 4-6 Weeks

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The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year is going to miss a significant chunk of 2008. According to Colts' team president Bill Polian, Bob Sanders has suffered a high ankle sprain.

"He'll be back, that's for sure,'' Polian said. "At this point we're not sure of the severity, but I would say four-to-six (weeks) is probably the reasonable assumption.''

Oh yeah, there's more:

Polian indicated Sanders also might undergo arthroscopic "cleanup'' surgery on one of his knees while he is recovering from the ankle injury. That would enable Sanders to avoid offseason surgery, "which is always a good thing,'' Polian said.

You don't need me to tell you how much Sanders means to that defense. In the past, they have seemed to always get shredded by the run when Sanders isn't in the lineup. So far this year, they've been getting shredded by the run with Sanders in the lineup. With the opposing running game moving the chains, Peyton Manning and his offense would be kept off the field.

Simply put, it could be a long month and a half in Indy ... just not in terms of offensive possession time.

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