The Indianapolis Colts were dealt a huge blow on Monday when they learned that running back Ahmad Bradshaw is done for the season with a broken ankle.
Now the question is, where do the Colts go from here?
Trent Richardson is a bust and can’t replace Bradshaw’s production as a running back and receiver out of the back field. Not to mention his valuable role in pass protection is often overlooked.
Is Dan Herron the answer? He’s the only other running back on the Colts’ roster right now, which means they’ll have to sign another back once they place Bradshaw on injured reserve.
All that Indy can do right now is hope and pray they find a player similar to the one that gashed them on Sunday night in Jonas Gray of the New England Patriots. Since he came out of nowhere after sitting on the Patriots’ practice squad.
If you’re wondering, the Colts do have a running back on their practice squad by the way. His name is Zurlon Tipton and he’s a rookie out of Central Michigan. I wouldn’t expect him to get signed to the active roster being that he’s inexperienced and likely unable to contribute enough to warrant a roster spot right now.
The good news is that the Colts throw the ball more than any other team in the NFL, but the problem is that they’ll need an effective running game once the post-season rolls around.
While quarterback Andrew Luck is the face of the Colts’ franchise, Bradshaw just might be the second most important player on their offense and now his season is over and Indy will have to scramble to try and replace him.
Sadly enough I can’t say I’m surprised that Bradshaw went down with a serious injury. Indianapolis was lucky enough to have him last until week 11. He’s never been a reliable player that’s been able to withstand the grind of an NFL season.