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Sanders practices with Colts, awaits MRI results on hurt elbow

The Indianapolis Colts are awaiting MRI results on Bob Sanders' injured elbow, but the veteran safety was able to do limited work in practice Monday while reporters were present.

Sanders, the NFL's 2007 defensive player of the year, was injured on the Houston Texans' first offensive series Sunday after Colts teammate Antoine Bethea deflected a pass into Sanders' face mask. Sanders left his feet, awkwardly landed on his arm, then sat out the Colts' 34-24 loss.

Sanders missed all but two games last season with knee and biceps injuries and all but six games in 2008 with other injuries.

Colts coach Jim Caldwell was asked if Sanders' injured elbow was to the same arm as his biceps injury. "My understanding is no," the coach said after the game.

Sanders now has played in 48 career games and missed 49 -- a number that could increase if the elbow injury is season-ending.

"Well, that's all speculation right now," Caldwell said. "He has an MRI sometime today; he has not had it as of yet. There will be some type of prognosis at that time."

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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