Bradshaw getting another opinion on neck

October, 3, 2013
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw likely won’t be in the lineup when they play the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

How long Bradshaw is out with a neck injury is anybody’s guess at this moment.

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It could be a few weeks. It could possibly be the rest of the season if it’s determined that surgery is the best remedy for his neck.

Bradshaw has visited with Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles to help determine if he needs neck surgery, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The source also added that Bradshaw isn't sure if he wants to have surgery.

Bradshaw injured his neck in the first half of the Sept. 22 game at San Francisco. He was treated on the field by the team’s training staff before heading to the sideline and later returning to the game where he finished with 95 yards on 19 carries.

The Colts haven’t said much on Bradshaw’s status other than they’re waiting on getting more information from medical personnel.

As I noted Wednesday, this isn’t the first time Bradshaw has dealt with a neck injury. He injured his neck last season while with the New York Giants. He still played 14 games, starting 12 of them.

That’s why you have to believe Bradshaw will do whatever he can do to avoid having surgery.

Just as the case when Vick Ballard went down with his season-ending knee injury a few weeks ago, the Colts aren’t going to deviate from their ground game.

They shouldn’t. They’re fourth in the league in rushing despite dealing with injuries in the backfield and on the offensive line.

Trent Richardson will remain the Colts’ primary back with Donald Brown backing him up. Brown has done a good job filling in when called upon. He’s rushed for 120 yards on 13 carries this season.

Mike Wells

ESPN Indianapolis Colts reporter

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