1:14pm: The Colts are expected to sign running back Ahmad Bradshaw today, according to Art Stapleton of The Record (via Twitter). Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports has since confirmed Stapleton’s report, tweeting that an announcement should come soon.
Bradshaw, 29 was suspended for the first week of the NFL season due to a marijuana arrest, but has served that ban, and has reportedly healed from the broken leg that ended his 2014 campaign. In 10 games with the Colts last season, Bradshaw compiled 425 rushing yards on 90 attempts and 300 receiving yards on 38 receptions. We heard in September that Indianapolis was interested in a potential reunion with the veteran back, after the team parted ways with backups Boom Herron and Vick Ballard.
The Colts hosted Bradshaw on a visit in early October and there was speculation that a deal could come together quickly, but an immediate signing didn’t make sense with a Thursday night game just days away. Now, Bradshaw will have the opportunity to get re-acclimated to the offense between now and Sunday night, when the Colts take on the Pats.
With Frank Gore locked in as the starter, the Colts are currently carrying three additional running backs — Josh Robinson, Tyler Varga, and Zurlon Tipton. I’d expect one of those players to be cut if and when the Bradshaw signing becomes official.
Luke Adams contributed to this post.