The Indianapolis Colts will begin their training camp on Thursday, and when they do, they will have one of their top offensive players ready to work as running back Ahmad Bradshaw has been cleared to practice, according to ESPN.
Bradshaw only played in three games last season, suffering a neck injury in their Week 3 contest with the San Francisco 49ers. In that game, however, he put up his bets rushing numbers for his short season, totaling 95 yards on 19 carries with a touchdown.
Even with the injury, the Colts did re-sign Bradshaw this offseason, keeping that veteran presence in the backfield with Andrew Luck, and that was more than likely a smart move.
Aside from being a contributor should he stay healthy, Bradshaw is good insurance in case the Trent Richardson project really does not work out in the end. After trading for Richardson last year, he struggled to really pick up the offense and get anything going, so it’s nice to have someone like Bradshaw back there to pick up the slack, if need be.
But again, that all depends on whether or not the veteran can keep himself out of harm’s way this season and help lead this team to yet another playoff appearance.