Once free agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw signed with the Indianapolis Colts this offseason, it looked like the former New York Giant was set to take over the starting RB job after the colts struggled to ever establish a running game in 2012. He had been sidelined due to offseason foot surgery, but is now able to begin practicing with the team as Bradshaw was activated from the physically unable to perform list.
Apparently though, this wasn’t a move he Colts were necessarily ready to make:
The NFL forced the Colts to activate Bradshaw from the PUP list after he took handoffs during an Aug. 4 practice, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the situation. After investigating Bradshaw’s participation, the league deemed it a violation of PUP rules.
Bradshaw will compete with second-year man Vick Ballard for carries this year as the Colts look to strengthen their running game and take pressure off of Andrew Luck’s shoulders. Bradshaw’s series of foot problems have kept him from practicing regularly in the last couple of years, so it’s likely that the Colts will monitor his health very closely to manage the wear and tear on his feet so that they have him available for most, if not all of the 2013 NFL season.