Bob Sanders(notes), the Indianapolis Colts safety who has missed 51 of his team's last 96 games, is angry at the "tabloid media" for having the audacity to speculate that injuries may derail his career.
And, oh, the "tabloid media" he's referring to is the league's own website, NFL.com.
The incendiary report that set off Sanders read: "There is some concern Colts safety Bob Sanders might never be able to play football again, with his shoulder and bicep issues. He reduced his contract, but his rehab has been slow."
That's a classic journalism hedge by Mike Lombardi. He doesn't attribute the "concern" to anyone, he makes no definitive statements about whether Sanders will try to play or if he can play, and there's the qualifier "some" before everything begins. Bob Sanders cares not for such delicate tip-toeing. From the Indianapolis Star:
"Tabloid media. I barely read it," he said. "I had a couple of people call me and say it was crazy, but I don't know. [The media] can come up with that type of stuff, speculation about how a guy's doing ...
"I can't pay attention to it. There's nothing I can do about it. I've just got to make sure I'm ready to go. [Monday] was a good day and that's all I'm worried about."
If NFL.com is "tabloid media," does that make Roger Goodell Harvey Levin?
On Monday, Sanders participated in the first day of training camp for only the second time since 2004. He said he's excited to be off the "physically unable to perform" list and hopes to see some action in the preseason.
I'd point out that Sanders didn't refute the report in his quotes and that this has led to some concern in my family room that he won't play this year, but I don't want to get on Bob Sanders' bad side. When he is on the field, dude's nasty.
Thanks, The Huddle