After spending all 7 years of his NFL career with the Indianapolis Colts, Bob Sanders is no longer part of the organization.

Jim Irsay, owner of the Colts, made an announcement today via his Twitter account:

We have released Bob Sanders today. We thank Bob 4 all his incredible contributions from his Sup Bowl pic 2 def player of year honors.

In the end, it appears that the Colts felt he was too injury prone to be worth the investment to keep him on the roster.  The former two-time Defensive Player Of The Year award winner has only played a total of 3 games in the past two seasons combined, with the number increasing to 9 total games if you expand to a third season.

Only twice did Sanders play in more than 12 games for a given season, but in both of those seasons he racked up more than 90 tackles.  Since entering the league, Bob has played in 48 regular season games, missing 64 in the process.

Sanders could very well be within the last half-dozen games in a once promising career, especially if there is no 2011-12 season.  Though some players appear prone to injury no matter what precautions they take, a major defense against injury is a strong off-season program.  It’s hard to imagine anyone would claim Bob Sanders is not in shape, but unless adequate training takes place between seasons, a player runs the risk of getting injured when getting back into workouts and game situations.  With a potential for nearly 20 weeks without even an organized team activity, players will have to be more diligent about their regimens than in off-seasons past.  Conversely, the extended period of rest could allow players with nagging injuries to fully heal, meaning a once injury-prone individual might find themselves healthier than ever.

Unless he decides to retire, which is unlikely, some team will sign Bob Sanders to their roster before the NFL completes another regular season, and if he’s healthy, that team will count themselves lucky.