Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw told Colts.com's Kevin Bowen that he expects to be back on the practice field within two weeks. Bradshaw is still recovering from offseason foot surgery. The sixth-year veteran had told the media during the offseason that he fully expected his foot to be healed and ready by the start of camp.
Well, camp is here, and Bradshaw is standing on the sidelines. The positive is his foot is no longer in a protective boot, which was visible during the team's mandatory minicamp.
Overall, this isn't entirely unexpected. Bradshaw was an injury prone back with the Giants from 2007-2012, and the Colts knew he was damaged goods (physically, not in terms of reputation) when they signed him this year as a free agent.
Bradshaw is using the time on the sidelines to learn the offense. He's also been active in team and positional group meetings.
Based on his new timeline, we should expect to see Bradshaw back by roughly the third preseason game, which is at home against the Cleveland Browns. The third game in preseason is typically the "dress rehearsal" game for the regular season. Starters play into the third quarter, and the speed is ramped up a notch.
Bradshaw told Bowen that, as a veteran, he doesn't need preseason reps in order to get ready for the regular season.