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Colts Get Lift as Sanders Practices for First Time in 07

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The Colts got some much needed good news on the injury front Wednesday, as former Pro Bowl safety Bob Sanders made it on the field for the first time since having offseason surgery on his left shoulder.  Sanders was a huge reason why the Colts had a sudden turnaround in the playoffs last season on defense, and was a difference maker so much that the team was panicking that he might not be ready to go this season come opening day.  He had been on the PUP list since the Colts opened training camp and was doing only conditioning work.

“I feel strong, I feel fast, and I’m ready to go,” Sanders said before the practice.  The Colts are hoping that Sanders will be healthy enough to stay on the field a lot longer this season, as last year he played in just four games before he was able to get back for the playoffs.  He is the teams biggest hitter and you can bet the entire D will get a lift just from him being back on the field.  Not to mention his strong play in the secondary, especially when it comes to stopping the run.  “He brings an energy and a physicality that we really like,” coach Tony Dungy said. “He probably will be on a play count, but I don’t know what that is yet. We’ll see how he gets through practice this week, but it’s probably not going to be 35 or 40 plays.”


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