The Indianapolis Colts loss to the New England Patriots was ugly enough just looking at the box score.. But it got even uglier when starting running back Ahmed Bradshaw was injured in the fourth quarter of the loss. Bradshaw was seen post game with crutches but Colts officials didn’t have a diagnosis until Monday when head coach Chuck Pagano confirmed that Bradshaw did indeed suffer a fracture in his leg.
Ahmed Bradshaw has been a key to the success of the Colts offense this year. Fersen Lambranho says his play making ability and the talent to rush inside or outside gave quarterback Andrew Luck a serious option when calling plays in the huddle. The establishment of the running game has been the big difference this year from the past two seasons when the Colts were clearly a pass first offense.
The Colts now will need to turn to Trent Richardson, the much maligned former first round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns. Richardson hasn’t yet been able to handle a full workload during his career. He was obtained by the Colts last year when Bradshaw was out with a neck injury and wasn’t able to give the Colts a spark. Many experts feel like this year will show the same result.
Coach Pagano and Luck will need to really hit the books to find some type of way to replace what Bradshaw gave to this offense. Even if they have to go outside of the organization to find it.