Injuries have ruled the Colts' backfield in camp. Vick Ballard is out for the season due to a torn Achilles, and Trent Richardson hasn't practiced since last week because of a soft-tissue issue. However, head coach Chuck Pagano doesn't sound worried about Richardson's status.
Fortunately for this group, a man who is usually injured has stepped up: Ahmad Bradshaw .
"He looks fantastic," Pagano said of Bradshaw. "He has found the groove to make it. We know how tough Ahmad is. We know how he's wired, so I'm not going to be pulling back on the reins. He's one of those guys we have to protect them from themselves."
Phillip Tanner can only help so much. Bradshaw is the top handcuff to Richardson right now, and he may work himself into a bigger role if Richardson's unidentified injury persists, or if he struggles like he did in 2013 once he's back on the field.
However, Bradshaw is coming off of neck surgery, and he has a long, long medical sheet. No one should trust him to make it through a full season. He is a late-round grab.