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August 27, 2013

Colts plan to hold Bradshaw from preseason finale

Horseshoes visit Bengals on Thursday.

INDIANAPOLIS — Former New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw has yet to play in a pre-season game for the Indianapolis Colts. And it looks very much as if Bradshaw won’t be suiting up for Indianapolis’ pre-season finale at Cincinnati on Thursday night either.

Colts coach Chuck Pagano, though, says that’s fine with him. Pagano would prefer to wait until his team’s Sept. 8 regular season opener with Oakland to unleash Indianapolis’ newest offensive weapon.

When asked Monday if he needed to see Bradshaw get some limited work in against the Bengals, Pagano’s response was a very succinct one. “I don’t.”

Bradshaw, signed as a veteran free agent on June 11, has taken part in limited drills with the Colts over the past week. He missed most of training camp after being placed on Indianapolis’ physically unable to perform list and was activated two weeks ago.

A pair of surgical procedures on his right foot during the offseason necessitated placing Bradhaw on the PUP list. He was signed to Indianapolis’ roster during the final week of organized team activity practices but couldn’t participate.

Bradshaw has had foot issues throughout his NFL career. He was sidelined with a stress fracture in 2011 but made it back in time for the Giants’ late-season playoff and Super Bowl run. Counting the two surgeries this year, he’s had four total operations on his foot since entering the NFL as a seventh-round pick by New York in 2007.

Yet, when healthy, Bradshaw has proven to be a valuable offensive asset. He has rushed for 1,000 yards or more twice and has amassed 4,232 career rushing yards and 32 rushing touchdowns.

Throw in 132 career receptions for an additional 1,087 yards and three TDs and it’s understandable why Pagano is willing to wait a little bit longer before putting him on the field in an Indianapolis uniform.

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