Indianapolis, IN- More bad news came out of the Indianapolis Colts complex Tuesday afternoon. The team announced today that veteran running back Ahmad Bradshaw will have neck surgery and, consequently, will be place on IR. This will end his season, as he is the second running back placed on IR by the Colts this year, joining Vick Ballard.
For some reason, the injury bug has hit the Colts hard this year, as they’ve been without many key players. Bradshaw, Ballard, tight end Dwayne Allen and guard Donald Thomas are all lost for the year on the offensive side of the ball alone. Luckily, the Colts have shown they have the coaching, scheme and players to overcome those issues, as they’re off to a 4-1 start this year. Many are still calling them a Super Bowl contender.
But will they still be after this recent news?
The answer is still absolutely yes.
As long as they have quarterback Andrew Luck healthy and the team keeps playing the way they are, it doesn’t matter who goes down. Indianapolis made some season saving moves this offseason and during the season. The first was the signing of veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, and the second was the trade to the Cleveland Browns for Trent Richardson. Yes, I’m aware Richardson hasn’t done as much as most hoped in this three games as a Colt, but he’s doing all the team has asked him to do.
The coaching staff would love for Richardson to rush for 100+ yards each game, but that’s not what his role is. They want him to just do enough to keep the defense at bay and be a system back. With that combated with how well Donald Brown is doing, they’re still in good shape.
Yes, it’s a loss to miss Bradshaw. He’s a two-time Super Bowl champion and a very valuable piece, but it’s still not all gloom and doom. Luck still has Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Coby Fleener as well as Richardson and Brown on his side. Now, if they go down piece by piece, then yes, it may be time to panic. However, the Colts are still in good shape, as they’re 2-0 without Bradshaw.
Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the past four seasons and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru