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Ahmad Bradshaw Has a Fractured Fibula, Timeline for Return Uncertain

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Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said today that running back Ahmad Bradshaw has a fractured fibula. He is seeing some more specialists to determine the extent of the injury and the best course of action.

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We're monitoring the injury to Ahmad Bradshaw today, and we just head from Colts' head coach Chuck Pagano in his Monday presser.  The coach didn't have all of the details, but he did offer a bit of insight: Bradshaw has a broken fibula and is seeing more doctors and specialists to figure out the extent of the injury and the course of action they should take.

Pagano said it is really too early to determine whether or not Bradshaw will be placed on season-ending injured reserve at this point.  Just based on the injury description Pagano gave there is a possibility for Bradshaw to return late in the season, but it depends very much on the extent and severity of the injury.  The Colts and Pagano will know more in the coming days about the extent of it and what course of action is best to address it.  So right now all we really know is that it's a fractured fibula for Ahmad Bradshaw.  Bad news for the Colts, but we'll know more in the next couple of days about just how bad it is.  Pagano added that the Colts still have a lot of football left so they're keeping their fingers crossed and their options open regarding a potential Bradshaw return.  He then reiterated that he'll know more in the next few days.

Pagano said, regarding Bradshaw's injury, that, "it kills you.  It kills you.  He's a warrior.  He loves football, he loves his teammates, he loves the 'shoe, he loves competing.  Throw out the production, throw out everything he does, he's just a great player and a great teammate.  We're going to miss his energy and his passion and everything he brings to the table - during the week, during preparation, and then certainly on game day.  So, you hate [the injury].  You hate to see it."

Bradshaw's teammates also emphasized today how they'll miss the energy he brings and how it's a big loss.  At the same time, however, his teammates expressed confidence in guys like Trent Richardson and Dan Herron in stepping up, including quarterback Andrew Luck:

Ultimately, here's my summary after listening to Pagano: Ahmad Bradshaw has a fractured fibula.  He's currently seeing more specialists to determine the extent of that fracture.  The Colts really don't know whether they will place him on injured reserve but will know more in the coming days.  I would consider it unlikely that he returns this year, but it's clear that there's still a possibility depending on what the doctors and specialists say.  So, meanwhile, we just keep our fingers crossed.

In a bit of good news, Pagano confirmed what tight end Dwayne Allen said earlier in the day, that Allen is "day-to-day" with an ankle injury.  Of course, as we always say, however, day-to-day with the Colts doesn't mean he'll play on Sunday.  He wants to, but we'll see.

[UPDATE: 11/18/14, 3:14 p.m. ET:] The Colts have placed Bradshaw on injured reserve, ending his season.