Dec 30, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw (44) runs the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second half at MetLife Stadium. New York Giants defeat the Philadelphia Eagles 42-7. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Ahmad Bradshaw “real close” to returning for Indianapolis Colts, Pagano says

Indianapolis Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw has been out the entire preseason. Colts head coach Chuck Pagano thinks Ahmad Bradshaw is close to returning for the season opener.

“I think there’s a lot of tread left on those tires,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said, via Indianapolis Star reported Sunday. “You’ve got to look back at that situation where he came from and he was never the guy that had to be the bell cow. They had a stable of backs while he was there and he came off the bench and produced and produced at a high level. He’s been unbelievable since he walked in this building as far as taking care of his body and trying to get the foot well.”

“I think he’s in a really good place mentally. I know physically, he’s real close to getting back and hopefully we’ll increase his snaps this week and hopefully he’s ready for this game.”

Ahmad Bradshaw thinks he is ready to play as well.

“I’m going to bring some dog to the offensive side of the ball,” the veteran running back said. “We have a lot of dogs on the defense. I want to be that guy on the offense.”

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