Injured Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw was available to the media on Thursday and he informed those present that his recovery well from season-ending neck surgery is going well.
Bradshaw has been on IR since he injured his neck/spine during the Colts' Week 3 victory over the 49ers. Bradshaw rushed for 95 yards and a score in that game even though he sustained the neck injury early in the contest.
Mike Wells of ESPN reports:
Bradshaw injured his neck on the first play from scrimmage in the Sept. 22 game at San Francisco. He said he finished the game because he was playing on adrenaline. Bradshaw rushed for 95 yards against the 49ers.
Bradshaw managed to play through a bulging disc problem last season. Not this season, though. Doctors told him surgery, which was similar to the one Peyton Manning had, was the route to go with his neck.
"I felt like we had something going in the backfield," Bradshaw said. "Having surgery was the best thing for me."
We speculated back in September that Bradshaw's injury was similar to the one that cost Manning his 2011 season (and, eventually, the jobs of front office chief Bill Polian and head coach Jim Caldwell). Wells reported that Bradshaw plans to continue playing, but his deal with the Colts was only a one-year agreement.
Honestly, I don't know how a 27-year-old back with the injury history that Bradshaw has will find many suitors in free agency now that he has a fused spine.
It's great news that Bradshaw is recovering, and we wish him a speedy and complete return to health. However, his days in Indianapolis are likely numbered. Vick Ballard will return from ACL surgery next season, and the franchise appears heavily invested in Trent Richardson despite his poor rushing totals in 2013.