It's been well-documented by pretty much everyone who's ever watched a football game that the Indianapolis Colts' run defense is a sieve when Bob Sanders doesn't play. Even though they won last week, the Colts were shredded on the ground by the Houston Texans, specifically rookie Steve Slaton. Slaton went for 156 rushing yards on only 14 carries.
This week, the Colts get to face LaDanian Tomlinson and the San Diego Chargers. I don't think it would be overstating things to say that the game hinges upon whether or not Sanders -- the reigning defensive player of the year -- is able to play. Sure, the defense still isn't great against the run when he plays, but they are able to make enough stops to win the overwhelming majority of their games.
As of today, it's still up in the air:
The status of Sanders won't be determined until Saturday or Sunday. He hasn't practiced since experiencing swelling in his right knee in practice leading up to last Sunday's game with Houston.
I'd be starting Tomlinson regardless, but if Sanders doesn't play, LdT is easily the top fantasy player for the weekend.
Colts Still Unsure About Bob Sanders' Status originally appeared on NFL FanHouse on Fri, 21 Nov 2008 14:13:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.