Irsay: Colts to put Bob Sanders on IR

The Colts tried to stretch things out as long as they could in the hope of getting something, anything, out of safety Bob Sanders down the stretch or in the playoffs.

But owner Jim Irsay tweeted today that the wait is about to end and Sanders will go on injured reserve. The team can’t hold a spot for Sanders any longer because so many other injuries have made the roster spot a necessity for game day.

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Sanders suffered a biceps injury in the team’s season opener against Houston and was to recently have visited Dr. James Andrews for a status update. Apparently he didn’t get an assurance that he could return anytime soon, and as the Colts sort through another 14 players on their injury report, they need the slot.

I’ve routinely told fans upset about the team waiting on Sanders that there was no reason to have a beef with the team’s approach.

A 53-man roster gets carved to 45 on game days with eight designated inactives. As long as the Colts had fewer than seven other injured players that had to be deactivated for games, there was no harm in trying to wait on Sanders and including him on that weekly list.

Now, apparently, that list is too long. If they’ll have eight inactives Thursday night in Nashville who are hurt, it’s understandable they can’t wait any longer on a fantastic but injury-prone safety who may have played his last game for the franchise.