Colts expect Sanders back within 5 weeks 2009-09-07

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Colts coach Jim Caldwell wouldn't say whether Bob Sanders will play Sunday against Jacksonville. He does expect the 2007 NFL Defensive Player of the Year to be back on the field within five weeks.

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Caldwell told reporters Monday the team would not have kept Sanders on the active roster unless the Colts thought he would return sooner than the six-week window required if he opened the season on the physically unable to perform list. Sanders had offseason knee surgery and has not yet practiced.

The Colts did make a roster move Monday, adding veteran safety Aaron Francisco, who was cut by Arizona. The Colts then released linebacker Jordan Senn.

Caldwell said Francisco, a four-year NFL veteran, could play Sunday.

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Added: September 7, 2009