AFC South: Justin Hickman

Indianapolis Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw may not be physically ready to to make his training camp debut after all.

But the Colts don't have the option of keeping Bradshaw, who had foot surgery earlier this year, on the physically unable to perform list any longer, according to a report.

ProFootballTalk reported that the team was forced move Bradshaw to the active roster because it committed a league violation by having the running back take handoffs during its morning walk-through practice on Aug. 4. The Colts reportedly said Bradshaw was taking "mental reps" when asked about his status that day.

We'll get a better indication of Bradshaw's health when the Colts return to practice at Anderson (Ind.) University on Tuesday. The players had Monday off after Sunday's preseason loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Monday didn't turn out to be a good off day for the Colts. Owner Jim Irsay blasted the team for its poor performance against the Bills on Twitter. Second-year linebacker Justin Hickman will likely miss the season with a foot injury. And now the Bradshaw situation.

LB Hickman may be out for the season

August, 12, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Colts have taken a hit in the linebacker department.

Colts coach Chuck Pagano said second-year linebacker Justin Hickman will need foot surgery and that will likely cost him the season. Hickman suffered the injury in Sunday's preseason loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Pagano said cornerback Cassius Vaughn is day-to-day after the MRI and X-rays done on his wrist came back negative. Defensive lineman Montori Hughes is also day-to-day with a stinger. Linebacker Quinton Spears will be out about a week with a hamstring injury.

Colts down an OLB again

October, 10, 2012
The Colts finally had Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis on the field together for their win over Green Bay.

They go back to one of two on Sunday against the Jets.

Mathis is expected to be out two to three weeks with a sprained left knee, Mike Chappell and Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star are reporting.

Freeney suffered a high-ankle sprain early in the team’s season opener in Chicago and missed the next three games. He and Mathis helped bolster a defensive effort that was quite good in the second half of the upset of the Packers.

But Mathis twisted his left knee in the fourth quarter and is now on the shelf while he rehabilitates.

He’s recorded a sack in seven consecutive games dating back to last season.

Jerry Hughes subbed for Freeney. Justin Hickman is the other reserve outside linebacker.

Freeney will surely draw extra attention now, with the Jets not having to be nearly as concerned about the other outside backer.