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September 2, 2013

Bradshaw at last preparing for Colts debut

ANDERSON — Ahmad Bradshaw sounds like a man itching to get off the sideline.

The Indianapolis Colts have brought the sixth-year running back along slowly since signing him in June after an offseason in which he underwent foot surgery and was cut by the New York Giants for salary cap relief.

Bradshaw spent four months in the NFL's unemployment line before landing a job with the Colts. And he hasn't forgotten about the teams that weighed their options and determined they could move on without him.

"A lot of teams that could have accepted me and gave me a shot that didn't, I want to just prove everybody wrong," he said. "I've got this chip on my shoulder, coming in a seventh-round running back in 2007. I play like it's my first year."

Bradshaw became expendable in New York because of a running back who was in his first year, David Wilson. The former Virginia Tech star's emergence allowed the Giants to feel comfortable about releasing a player who had helped bring the franchise two Super Bowl rings.

But the split was amicable. New York even celebrated Bradshaw's career with a video tribute when the Colts visited MetLife Stadium in Week 2 of the preseason.

Indianapolis covets his experience, as well as the blocking ability and veteran leadership that comes with it.

"We know Ahmad is going to be a great addition," quarterback Andrew Luck said. "He's tough as nails."

But what role will Bradshaw play in new offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton's scheme?

He was held out of most of training camp and all four of the preseason games. So nobody outside of his coaches and teammates has seen him line up in this offense.

Head coach Chuck Pagano confirmed the running back will play in Sunday's regular-season opener against the Oakland Raiders. But he declined to give many specifics beyond that.

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