Chargers sign recently-waived Sanders

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SAN DIEGO -- The oft-injured Bob Sanders has inked a one-year deal with the San Diego Chargers.

Sanders has played just nine games since being named the NFL's top defensive player in 2007. He was released by the Colts on Feb. 18 following seven seasons with the club.

Sanders, 30, 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, and he has appeared in more than six regular-season games only twice.


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