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Chargers safety Bob Sanders will miss another season

September 29, 2011 |  2:49 pm


Chargers safety Bob Sanders was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list Thursday after sustaining a knee injury during the second game of the season against the New England Patriots on Sept. 18.

Sanders, who began his NFL career in 2004, had missed the equivalent of four seasons because of injuries before signing with the Chargers this off-season.

When healthy, he's an impact player. He was the 2007 NFL Defensive Player of the Year with Indianapolis and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2005 and 2007.

“From the standpoint of where his knee is, it was a decision that was the right one,” Coach Norv Turner told reporters. “When you make a decision like this, it's based on medical facts first and included our feelings and his.

"I know that it was going to be difficult for him to continue. I've had a number of conversations with Bob over the last few days. This is difficult for him. I'm very respectful of what he tried to do for us and I wish his impact would've lasted longer. It's not something anyone could've anticipated. It's something that just happens.”


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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 Photo: Bob Sanders. Credit: Donald Miralle / Getty Images.