The Indianapolis Colts‘ backfield just took another hit as the team learned Ahmad Bradshaw will need neck surgery. The procedure will sideline the running back for the rest of the season and remove one more proven ball-carrier from the Colts’ offense. The workload will now permanently shift to Trent Richardson and Donald Brown for the remainder of 2013.
I believe the Colts can survive the loss of Bradshaw because they’ve proven over the last two weeks that they can win without him. It would have been nice for Indy to have three running backs as they try to fight their way to the top of this year’s AFC, but Richardson and Brown are talented enough to get the job done.
So given that the Colts have a clear number one back for the future in Richardson and the fact that Vick Ballard will return in 2014 – is Bradshaw’s career in Indianapolis over?
The veteran RB signed a one-year deal with the Colts this past offseason and the short nature of his deal was due to his injury history. Bradshaw has dealt with foot injures over the past few seasons and the Colts knew he was a risk to bring on board. Just five weeks into the 2013 season, it’s safe to say the experiment failed.
Bradshaw will hit the open market again this next spring and I don’t see any reason for the Colts to bring him back. They’ll already have two reliable RBs on the roster and there just won’t be a spot for another one with a history of getting hurt.