Newly acquired running-back Ahmad Bradshaw of the Indianapolis Colts might need season ending surgery on his neck. When exactly he might have hurt it isn’t clear, but it kept him from practice and the Week 4 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Head coach Chuck Pagano is admittedly worried for what the future holds for Bradshaw.
At this point, it’s hard to not feel bad for Bradshaw. As a two-time Superbowl winner with the New York Giants, a plethora of injuries have kept him from becoming one of the truly great running-backs in the league. Aside from his perennially damaged feet, this neck injury sounds familiar to Giants fans.
In the 2nd game of the 2012 season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Bradshaw suffered a disc injury that sidelined him for one game. At the time, even Ahmad knew it could become a problem in the future.
“I can’t say it won’t happen again. But I’m prepared for it. I can’t worry about that.”
Bradshaw met with Dr. Robert Watkins Thursday, the same doctor who performed Peyton Manning’s neck surgery, to determine if surgery was necessary. At only 27 years old, we do not yet know what fate has in store for Ahmad.
For now, Indianapolis’ run game is left in very capable hands. Their high-profile starter, recently procured Trent Richardson, can handle a large workload. His backup, Donald Brown, has shown promise as a solid backup as well. Hopefully for Bradshaw, rest and rehab will be all he needs to get back on the field. But if surgery is necessary, his career could be in serious jeopardy.