Colts release oft-injured Sanders

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The Indianapolis Colts have released safety Bob Sanders, who was the NFL's top defensive player in 2007 and has played just nine games over the three seasons since because of injuries.

Colts owner Jim Irsay made the announcement on his Twitter feed.

"We thank Bob 4 all his incredible contributions from his Sup Bowl pic 2 def player of the year honors," Irsay wrote on his Twitter account.

Sanders appeared in only the 2010 season-opener against Houston before suffering a torn right biceps. He underwent surgery and was inactive for the next 11 games before the Colts finally placed him on injured reserve in December.

Knee surgery and a torn left biceps allowed him to play just six games in 2008. He missed the first five games of 2009 because of lingering knee issues, then played just two games before an elbow injury cut the rest of his season short.

Sanders missed 12 games during the 2006 season because of knee problems, but started all four of the club's postseason games and had an interception in the Colts' victory over Chicago in Super Bowl XLI. He then had his best season in 2007, recording 132 tackles with 3 1/2 sacks and two interceptions en route to being named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year.

The Colts selected Sanders with a second-round pick in the 2004 draft after a standout collegiate career at Iowa. During his seven NFL seasons, he's appeared in more than six regular-season games only twice.


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