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The sagging Colts defense just took another major hit.

Safety Melvin Bullitt will miss the rest of the season after breaking a bone in his shoulder, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.   Bullitt was Bob Sanders’ replacement in the starting lineup and a special teams captain.

Replacing Sanders has turned into a full-time role the last few years.  Bullitt has started 15 out of the last 18 games he’s played, with 25 starts since 2005.

The Colts’ pass defense has been uncharacteristically leaky this year; only four teams are giving up more yards-per-attempt through the air.  The Colts finished in the top ten in that category the last two years.

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