Shoulder and knee injuries sideline Sanders, Bethea

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts' leaky defense took
another hit Monday night when their top three safeties were
decativated against Cincinnati.

Pro Bowl player Bob Sanders and Antoine Bethea, who had started
12 of the Colts' previous 13 games, were both out of the key AFC
matchup.

Sanders has missed five of six games with soreness in his right
knee and has played in only two games since having arthroscopic
surgery following a Week 2 victory over Houston.

Bethea injured his shoulder during last week's loss at
Jacksonville and was listed as questionable. Marlin Jackson, a
backup safety who injured his shoulder against Jacksonville, also
sat out.

The Colts, who lost Mike Doss for the season in October, took on
the Bengals without their top four safeties.

Cincinnati tackle Levi Jones and cornerback Deltha O'Neal were
both active. Jones has been out most of the season with knee
injuries.

O'Neal was benched last week after becoming the latest Bengals
player to be arrested. O'Neal was charged with drunken driving
after he was stopped at a sobriety checkpoint in suburban
Cincinnati.