Ahmad Bradshaw (44) watches fellow Colts running back Devin Meggett run a drill during a minicamp practice at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on June 12. (AP Photo)
ANDERSON, Ind. — Ahmad Bradshaw is finally eligible to practice. He still may not play for a while.
On Tuesday, coach Chuck Pagano said Indianapolis had activated the former Giants running back, but the timing of his actual return to the field isn’t as clear.
“He feels great, and if it was left up to him, he would go today,” Pagano said. “But we’re going to protect him from himself. He’s going to be day to day.”
Bradshaw, the Southwest Virginia product out of Graham High School, has not practiced since opening training camp on the PUP list, barring him from practice. After he participated in a walkthrough last week, the Colts and league officials began talking about whether Bradshaw, who is recovering from offseason surgery on his right foot, should be activated.
“We had discussions with the league concerning Ahmad’s status and decided it was time to bring him off the list,” Pagano said.
Bradshaw is now eligible to play in Sunday night’s preseason game against his former team, but that isn’t going to happen. The former New York star told reporters he did not expect to play.
Bradshaw was cut by the Giants on Feb. 6 and didn’t sign with Indianapolis until June 11. In six seasons in New York, he had 921 carries for 4,232 yards, 32 touchdowns and three 1,000-yard seasons. He also won two Super Bowl rings and will be best remembered for scoring the go-ahead touchdown against New England in the 2012 Super Bowl, which was played in Indianapolis. It’s the only time a Super Bowl was won with a rushing touchdown in the final minute.
He left New York ranked sixth all-time in yards rushing, seventh all-time in carries and ninth all-time in TD runs.
When fully healthy, Bradshaw is expected to compete with Vick Ballard and Donald Brown for the Colts’ starting job.
“We’re going to take it slow. I feel great right now, but it’s a process,” Bradshaw said. “The most exciting part is that I see a lot of potential for this offense.”