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Surgery for Sanders

Right biceps injury KO’s him indefinitely

Associated Press / September 16, 2010

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Colts safety Bob Sanders, the 2007 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, had surgery yesterday to repair a torn right biceps, an injury that could end his season again.

Team officials are not yet saying how much time Sanders could miss.

Sanders was hurt Sunday when he landed awkwardly on his shoulder during Houston’s first offensive series.

Melvin Bullitt, Sanders’s replacement the last two seasons, is expected to rejoin the starting lineup Sunday night against the Giants.

Boss to sit out
Giants tight end Kevin Boss will miss Sunday night’s game because of a concussion. Travis Beckum will start for Boss . . . Injured during the first half of his debut with the Browns, quarterback Jake Delhomme did not practice yesterday and his status for Sunday’s home opener against Kansas City will depend on how quickly he recovers from the first ankle injury of his 12-year NFL career. Delhomme underwent an MRI Tuesday and was wearing a boot yesterday. If he can’t play, the Browns will start Seneca Wallace, a career backup . . . The Lions will start Shaun Hill at QB in Sunday’s home opener against Philadelphia as Matthew Stafford recovers from a shoulder injury.

Wings still clipped
Eagles coach Andy Reid said quarterback Kevin Kolb and linebacker Stewart Bradley are making progress, though neither has passed the next phase of their concussion testing. Reid wouldn’t rule either player out for Sunday’s game, but it seems unlikely they will play . . . Just three days after getting knocked out of Carolina’s season opening loss with a concussion, Panthers quarterback Matt Moore practiced and expressed confidence he’ll play Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Cowboys linemen return
Right tackle Marc Colombo and left guard Kyle Kosier returned to practice with the Cowboys, replacing the fill-ins who were partly to blame for the offense’s poor showing in a season-opening loss at Washington on Sunday night. If all goes well, Colombo and Kosier would play in the home opener Sunday against Chicago . . . Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware missed practice because of a head injury sustained against the Redskins, but he is expected to return today and to be in the lineup against Chicago . . . Albert Haynesworth was limited in practice with an ankle injury, another setback for the Redskins defensive lineman . . . Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said veteran Stacy Andrews, acquired in a trade with Philadelphia less than two weeks ago, will start at right guard on Sunday against Denver. Andrews replaces Max Unger, who was placed on injured reserve this week following a severe turf toe injury suffered in the opener against San Francisco. Also, linebacker Leroy Hill rejoined the Seahawks after a one-game suspension for his arrest on a marijuana possession charge in Georgia . . . The Chargers say they expect Sunday’s home opener against the Jaguars to be blacked out on local TV. That will end a streak of 48 straight sellouts, including the playoffs.

Williams optimistic
Dolphins player representative Ricky Williams said he’s optimistic the NFL Players Association and the league will reach a collective bargaining agreement without a labor stoppage in 2011 . . . CBS says former NFL player Shannon Sharpe is taking a break from football analysis after a woman obtained a temporary restraining order against him . . . The NFL sent a memo Tuesday reminding all 32 teams of its equal access and conduct policy toward the media following a TV Azteca reporter’s comments that the Jets made her uncomfortable in their locker room last weekend.

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