Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw left last night’s game against the Patriots early after hurting his ankle, and it appears the injury could sideline Bradshaw for a significant time. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (via Twitter), the veteran running back is undergoing tests today to determine the severity of the injury and whether surgery is needed, but early indications are that it’s a fractured ankle for Bradshaw.
While Trent Richardson has tallied more carries this season than Bradshaw, the ex-Giant has been Indianapolis’ most effective running back, leading the team with 425 yards on the ground and 4.7 yards per carry. Bradshaw has also been extremely effective as a pass catcher out of the backfield, grabbing 38 receptions and scoring six touchdowns through the air.
With Bradshaw potentially sidelined for the rest of the 2014 season, Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com (Twitter link) wonders if Ray Rice, who could be reinstated soon, would be an option for the Colts, given his relationship with head coach Chuck Pagano. Even if Rice becomes eligible to return to the field though, it’s extremely unlikely that any club would take a shot on him this year, in my opinion. Indianapolis figures to lean more heavily on Richardson and Dan Herron, and perhaps add another less notorious back for depth purposes.
Bradshaw’s injury wasn’t the only notable one suffered by the Colts in yesterday’s loss to New England. Per Schefter (via Twitter), the team believes tight end Dwayne Allen suffered a high ankle sprain. If that diagnosis is confirmed, Allen will likely be out for a few weeks, though Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link) hears it’s a low ankle sprain, which would allow for a quicker recovery.