Former Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw is attempting a return to football.
He’s listed on the roster for The Spring League, which according to Pro Football Talk is conducting training camp in West Virginia in advance of a six-game season that will conclude the day before the NFL Draft. Along with Bradshaw, some notable players such as Greg Hardy and Kellen Winslow Jr. will participate in the league, while former Colts offseason/practice squad participants Alvester Alexander and Mitchel Van Dyk will as well.
Bradshaw didn’t play anywhere in 2016, but he spent the previous three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts (2013-2015). While with Indy, he was terrific when on the field... but due to injuries, he had trouble staying on the field. He played in 19 games over three seasons (starting 3) and rushed 162 times for 696 yards and four touchdowns (averaging 4.3 yards per carry) and also caught 55 passes for 406 yards and nine scores, totaling 1,102 yards and 13 touchdowns in 19 games played. His best season with the Colts came in 2014, when he played in ten games and rushed for 425 yards and two scores while catching 38 passes for 300 yards and six scores. Before his time in Indy, Bradshaw spent six seasons with the New York Giants (2007-2012), where he was also very productive, putting together two 1,000-yard rushing seasons and being a part of two Super Bowl championships.
The problem for Bradshaw, however, has been injuries, and that has kept him off the field quite a bit. That problem really showed up with the Colts, as all three years he suffered an injury. In 2013, Bradshaw had a really good start to the year (helping the Colts to a big road win over the 49ers) but suffered a neck injury that ended his season. In 2014 he was a terrific all-around threat, but after ten games he suffered a fractured fibula. Then in 2015, the Colts brought him back mid-season and he did a solid job in six games, but he wound up with a broken wrist. After the 2015 season, the Colts didn’t re-sign him.
The players participating in The Spring League are surely hoping that they will catch the attention of NFL teams and be able to get a job on an offseason roster to compete for a spot. While most of the guys are relative unknowns, some - like Ahmad Bradshaw - have produced at the pro level and are looking to resume a football career.