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Sanders Close to Being Back

The Colts are undefeated, and now they may be close to getting even better, as one of their top playmakers on defense could be returning. Safety Bob Sanders is hoping to make his season debut Sunday at St. Louis.

The 2007 NFL defensive player of the year, who has not played in a game since January, is expected to participate in most of the team’s practice work this week. For the first time this season, Sanders was not listed on the team’s injury report Wednesday.

“He’s improving,” coach Jim Caldwell said. “He’s been ramping up his activity over the last three weeks and we anticipate he will be able to do something for us (Sunday).”

It’s not the first time Indy (5-0) has indicated Sanders could play. The two-time Pro Bowl safety returned to practice and traveled with the team to Nashville for the Oct. 11 game. But with a bye last week, the Colts opted to hold Sanders out.

Sanders missed all of training camp, all he preseason and the first month of the regular season after surgery on his right knee. The Colts were hoping he’d be back sooner than six weeks, which is why they did not save a roster spot by putting him on the physically unable to perform list.

But now, it appears, Sanders is close to playing shape.

“I feel better than I’ve felt in a long time,” Sanders said Wednesday. “I feel excited about that and I’m ready to get in there. But we’ve not made that decision (about playing) yet.”

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