Third time no charm: Colts lose Ahmad Bradshaw, again

Ahmad Bradshaw

Ahmad Bradshaw

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 30, 2015) — Ahmad Bradshaw’s third season with the Indianapolis Colts has ended like the two previous ones.

The veteran running back will require surgery on his left wrist and Monday was placed on the injured reserve list. Again.

It marks the third consecutive season Bradshaw has sustained a season-ending injury. In 2013, it was a neck injury. Last year, a broken leg curtailed his season.

“It’s devastating,’’ coach Chuck Pagano said. “You feel awful for the kid. He’s a warrior. He’s a tough, tough competitive guy and he lays it all on the line week-in and week-out.

“He gives you everything he’s got. He’s been through a ton.’’

Bradshaw injured his left wrist midway through the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 25-12 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His 3-yard run gave the Colts a second-and-goal at the Bucs 3, but it proved to be his final carry of the season.

In six games, Bradshaw rushed 31 times for 85 yards and caught 10 passes for 64 yards and three touchdowns.

With Bradshaw out of the mix, recent addition Boom Herron will serve as Frank Gore’s backup. The team added additional depth by re-signing Zurlon Tipton Monday.

“It’ll be by committee,’’ Pagano said of filling Bradshaw’s role as third-down back. “Somebody is going to have to emerge. Boom will be one of those guys. He’ll fill in now as the No. 2 guy.’’

Herron was the team’s third-leading rusher in 2014 – 351 yards – and settled in as the feature back over the second half of the season when Bradshaw broke his leg Nov. 16 against New England and it became clear Trent Richardson wasn’t the answer.

Herron also was the Colts’ most productive player during the playoffs with a 170 rushing yards and 20 receptions, both team highs.

More medical matters:

Linebacker Jerrell Freeman is expected to miss at least Sunday’s trip to Pittsburgh with a Grade 2 hamstring sprain.

Also, offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo remains week-to-week with a knee injury and safety Mike Adams day-to-day with an ankle injury.

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