The 2013 regular season opener will also be the Indianapolis Colts debut for running back Ahmad Bradshaw.
Colts head coach Chuck Pagano told the media on Monday that Bradshaw is expected to play Sunday at home against the Raiders. Bradshaw had missed all of the team's OTAs and did not play a down in preseason while recovering from foot surgery during the offseason.
As it is now, Bradshaw is practicing with the second unit offense, suggesting that Vick Ballard will start at running back Sunday.
The other good news on the injury front is that both Coby Fleener (knee) and Dwayne Allen (knee) also returned to practice Monday. Barring any setbacks, both tight ends should play against the Raiders.
The only player on the offense whose status is a bit uncertain for Week One is left tackle Anthony Castonzo. He is recovering from an MCL sprain sustained early in the Colts' third preseason game. However:
Pagano: Anthony Castonzo is supposed to be ready and rolling by Thursday. should make game— Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) September 2, 2013
If Castonzo is ready to go, the Colts should have all their key players on offense available for Sunday.