The Indianapolis Colts opened up their 2014 preseason last Thursday with a 13-10 loss to the New York Jets, and in that contest, they were without starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who continues to recover from offseason neck surgery to repair a bulging disc.
There’s no word yet on whether or not he will play any preseason games this month, but when asked by the Herald Bulletin whether or not he’ll be ready for the opener on September 7 against the Denver Broncos, he said that he is pretty confident that he will be.
“I am very confident, and I just want to heal as much as possible,” Bradshaw said following a recent practice at Anderson University. “There are not a lot of guys that have been through neck surgeries and a year later they are playing football again, especially at my position. Right now, as we speak, I am as confident as anything going in. I don’t think about my neck at all playing, and I am just shooting forward from here on.”
Bradshaw missed 13 games last season with the injury, and with the uncertainty still surrounding Trent Richardson, the team wants him as healthy as possible throughout the entire season.
If that means keeping him out of most, if not all, of the preseason contests to make sure that his confidence can be proved correct, then so be it.