Lining up Sanders for playoffs is most important

Discussion in 'Tennessee Titans and NFL Talk' started by NewsGrabber, Nov 28, 2008.

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    Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky Bob Sanders is a huge piece of the Colts defense, but the team has survived without him.

    Overall, they are 3-1 with Sanders in the lineup, 4-3 without him.

    They had him for the first two games of their current winning streak and they didn't have him for the next two.

    Melvin Bullitt is a good player who's getting better. He's not the presence of the 2007 Defensive Player of the Year, but he's capable. If the Colts get upset in Cleveland, it won't likely be because Sanders is out as expected.

    Tony Dungy spoke this week about trying to find the right balance during the week, where Sanders gets some work but doesn't aggravate his problematic right knee and have it swell up to the point where he cannot play with it.

    With or without him over the next four weeks against less than stellar competition, the Colts should be OK.

    Remember, he played on only four regular season games in 2006, then played and played very well in all four of the team's playoff games, helping key the run to the Super Bowl title.

    The team needs to do whatever it can to ensure he's available for Week 17 if the finale against the Titans is a crucial game for playoff positioning, and then for a playoff run.



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