Can Bob Sanders stay in one piece?

Bob Sanders is an impact player.

The problem is that so much of the impact has caused him to suffer serious injuries that have derailed his NFL career.

For years, when Sanders was able to be on the field, the Indianapolis Colts defense was transformed from mediocre to good. That combined with a Super Bowl caliber offense made Indianapolis always a formidable AFC contender.

But over time, the Colts grew tired of injury after injury, finally parting ways with the hard-hitting safety. Now, Sanders is healthy and a San Diego Charger. The Chargers are now the team on the hook for trying to keep Sanders in one piece so that the impact he makes will be on the field and not on the injury report.

As Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune points out, it's not difficult to see that Sanders is a difference-maker when healthy. The Chargers just have to hope that for once, Sanders can do just that.

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