Sanders placed on IR

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INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis safety Bob Sanders has been placed on injured reserve on Monday because of a right biceps injury, ending his season.

Sanders tore his right biceps in the season-opener against Houston and underwent surgery preformed by the acclaimed Dr. James Andrews. Sanders was never able to return since the surgery and the Colts finally decided to take him off the active 53-man roster.

Since being named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 2007, the 29-year- old Sanders has appeared in just nine games due to a plethora of injuries that included knee surgery and a torn left biceps in 2008.

The two-time All-Pro was signed to a lucrative extension after recording 132 tackles, 3 1/2 sacks, two interceptions and six passes defended in 2007.

This concludes his seventh NFL season after the Colts made him a second round pick in 2004 out of Iowa. During his career, he's appeared in more than six games only twice.

Rookie defensive back David Pender has been activated off the practice squad in Sanders' place. Pender, a product of Purdue, signed with the Colts as a free agent on December 8, 2010.


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