If you thought last night's 22-point loss at home on primetime television to the hated New England Patriots was bad for the Colts, just wait until you hear this: according to reports, running back Ahmad Bradshaw is feared to have suffered a broken ankle in the loss.
This per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport:
The #Colts believe RB Ahmad Bradshaw broke his ankle, source said. A tough blow for their top back— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 17, 2014
The Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder has since reported the same. Bradshaw is still undergoing tests, but it sounds likely he broke his ankle. Last night in the locker room, Bradshaw was in a boot and on crutches and based on his reaction and the reaction of several other players, many were led to the conclusion that it wasn't good. It sounds like that was true, and this is a crushing loss for the Colts.
Bradshaw was the Colts' leading rusher this year with 425 yards and 2 touchdowns while averaging 4.7 yards per carry and he also caught 38 passes for 300 yards and 6 touchdowns. There's a very convincing argument to be made that he was the best all-around running back in the NFL this year when taking into account rushing, receiving, and blocking, and there are few players who have played as significant of a role to the Colts this year. Bradshaw's versatility has been huge and he's been their best rusher, a very dangerous receiver, and a dynamic pass protector. He's suffered from many injuries in his career and in fact has played in all sixteen games of a season just once, but he stayed healthy for the first nine games of the year and played great. His impact to the Colts' offense is hard to overstate.
It seems like Bradshaw has suffered a broken ankle, likely ending his season. It's a crushing blow for the Colts. Trent Richardson will continue as the number one back (though he was only that by the depth chart) while Dan Herron will get more carries. My guess is that they'd promote Zurlon Tipton from the practice squad, but that remains to be seen. What this would mean is that the two best running backs on the Colts roster would be injured, with Ahmad Bradshaw and then Vick Ballard, who was injured in training camp and is out for the year.
It's a crushing blow for the Colts and their dynamic offense, as per reports Ahmad Bradshaw suffered a broken ankle in last night's loss.
[UPDATE:] Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said this afternoon that Bradshaw suffered a fractured fibula last night and is undergoing further evaluation from other doctors and specialists. Pagano said he should know more in the coming days as to whether the injury will end the running back's season or not. Read the full story about Bradshaw's injury and Pagano's comments here.