Entering his 8th NFL season, Colts’ RB Ahmad Bradshaw knows what it will take to be ready for September 7, Week 1 against the Denver Broncos. While he’s practiced on a limited basis, Bradshaw appears confident in his availability for the Colts’ opener. Bradshaw is coming off of a neck surgery that cost him the majority of last season, as he only appeared in 3 games in 2013. Ironically, the injured occurred in his best game of the season during Week 3 against the 49ers, in which he rushed for 95 yards on 19 carries and a TD against one of the league’s premier defenses.
Bradshaw has dealt with nagging injuries throughout his career. In fact, it’s probably a good reason as to why he took a one-year deal with the Colts in last year’s offseason and is no longer a New York Giant. However, he’s optimistic that he’ll be able to bounce back from his latest injury:
There are not a lot of guys that have been through neck surgeries and a year later they are playing football again, especially at my position,” Bradshaw said recently, via The Herald Bulletin. “Right now, as we speak, I am as confident as anything going in. I don’t think about my neck at all playing, and I am just shooting forward from here on.”
When healthy, one could make a strong argument that Bradshaw is the team’s most complete RB. He always seems to run with purpose and with a mean streak and is probably the best pass blocker among the Colts’ current RB group. His 4.5 ypc before his injury in 2013 demonstrated his effectiveness as a runner with the team. Here’s hoping he’ll be ready to go!