Ahmad Bradshaw to Return to Colts

Posted Mar 11, 2014

The Colts’ commitment to a running game took one additional step Tuesday as Ahmad Bradshaw was signed as an unrestricted free agent. Bradshaw started two-of-three appearances in 2013 before a neck injury ended his season.

INDIANAPOLIS – The player who produced the highest single rushing day for the Colts in 2013 is returning for 2014.


Ahmad Bradshaw, who rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in a 27-7 victory at San Francisco in week three, is returning after missing most of the season with a neck injury.


Bradshaw joined the Colts as a free agent in June last year after six seasons with the New York Giants.


His addition was supposed to provide a 1-2 punch with second-year pro Vick Ballard as Indianapolis, with a new attack under Pep Hamilton, planned a power-type ground presence that dovetailed the approach of Chuck Pagano.


The plan was interrupted when Ballard sustained a non-contact knee injury in practice after the opener, then Bradshaw incurred a neck injury at San Francisco that halted his year.


Indianapolis traded its 2014 first-round pick to Cleveland for Trent Richardson just before Bradshaw was felled.


The Colts ended up using the 1-2 combination of Richardson and Donald Brown in going 11-5 and reaching the playoffs for a second straight season.


At the recent combine when questioned about Bradshaw’s availability, Pagano indicated a possible return.


“Ahmad’s just one of the guys (that are free agents),” said Pagano.  “We have a plan in place.”


Part of Pagano’s plan is to re-establish the power ground attack the club showed at San Francisco when it rushed for 184 yards on 40 attempts, while grinding out three touchdowns.


Bradshaw and Richardson tallied on a one-yard runs, while Luck scored from six yards out.


The Colts are 25-1 since 1984 in games with three or more rushing touchdowns, including a streak of 24 straight wins.


With 10 100-plus rushing games in 2013, the Colts tied the sixth-most in a season in the Indianapolis era (14, 1988; 12, 1985, 94; 11, 1984, 99; 10, 1987, 89, 2000, 01, 04-06, 13).


Since 2012 under Pagano, the Colts are 13-0 in games with 30-plus rushes.  The Colts are only undefeated team in 30-plus-rushing games during that span.


For his seven-year career, Bradshaw has rushed 962 times for 4,418 yards and 34 touchdowns, while catching 139 passes for 1,129 yards and three touchdowns in 87 regular-season games (35 starts).  


In nine playoff contests (three starts), he has totaled 480 yards and two touchdowns on 111 attempts and 20 receptions for 141 yards.

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