Colts haven't shown power-running game

September, 5, 2013
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Remember when the Indianapolis Colts talked about being a power-running team during training camp?

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That raised a few eyebrows when offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton mentioned it because of quarterback Andrew Luck's passing ability.

The Colts ran the ball 115 times (3.8 yards an attempt) and attempted 130 passes in the preseason.

But it’s still too early to pass judgment on if the Colts will truly be a power-running team because they didn’t have their top two running backs during the preseason.

Vick Ballard played, but Ahmad Bradshaw, the likely starter at some point, didn’t because he continued to work his way back from offseason foot surgery.

Bradshaw will be in the lineup against Oakland on Sunday. He said earlier this week that he's been working with the second unit.

“I think it all starts up front,” Hamilton said. “Our offensive line, they’ve progressively gotten better since the start of camp and we expect that we’re going to be able to come out and control the line of scrimmage. That’s our ultimate goal.”

It’s the coaching staff’s job to figure out how the load will be divided between Ballard and Bradshaw. Unlike with quarterbacks when they say having two of them means you don’t have one, having two running backs is a luxury unless you’ve got somebody like Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson in your backfield.

“I think it’s probably been official for an offense like ours to have at least a couple backs that can carry the load,” Hamilton said. “It’s a long season and we expect to be able to run the football. We’re sure that there will be enough opportunities to go around.”

Mike Wells

ESPN Indianapolis Colts reporter

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