Earlier in the week, the Indianapolis Colts placed their newcomer in the back field on the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list. Former New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw had concerns over his injury troubles which is the biggest reason he lasted so long in the free agency class this summer.
Indianapolis figured to have Bradshaw labeled as their starter heading into training camp which starts soon, but now that he’s been placed on the PUP list there are worries over the fact that he’ll be available. Last month, Bradshaw was in a walking boot still after having foot surgery this offseason and at this point he is still not 100 percent.
If Bradshaw misses any time, it will be Vick Ballard’s chance to shine. Last season Ballard was the featured back for much of the season splitting some time here and there with Donald Brown and Delone Carter.
Bradshaw could be a great addition to the offense if he stays healthy. Right now it looks as though he won’t be able to come into camp with that status. Bradshaw has two 1,000 yard seasons in both 2010 and 2012, rushing for 1,235 and 1,015 yards respectively.
It’s no wonder there weren’t any teams leaping at the chance to swoop him up during the beginning stages of the free agency frenzy. While his career yards-per-carry average sits at a healthy 4.6, he just can’t stay in the lineup nor play full games for the most part.
The Colts would be just fine with Ballard in the back field, just as they were last year. Of course they would like to have Bradshaw healthy because of his versatility and experience. But, this team is on the rise and is confident regardless of Bradshaw’s status. Hopefully he can get himself healthy before week one.