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Ahmad Bradshaw to Return to Colts

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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