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Ahmad Bradshaw off PUP list and eager to hit the practice field

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 13, 2013 – 1:33 pm

If it were up to Ahmad Bradshaw he would be out on the practice field this afternoon as the Colts begin their final week of training camp.

However, Chuck Pagano is putting the reigns on the new Colts running back after Bradshaw was activated from the team’s PUP list on Monday afternoon.

“We are going to take it slow,” Bradshaw said of his foot injury. “I feel great. I’m ready to go but it’s just a process to go through to be ready for the pounding.”

“I feel like I’m ready to go. We just want to take it slow and make it last all season.”

While Bradshaw will not be practicing Tuesday, he said he would like to get some reps during the Colts third preseason game.

Fellow running back Vick Ballard has called Bradshaw a “big brother” as the seven-year veteran has helped the Colts returning starter with recognizing defenses and knowing where blitzes are coming from.

Pagano said the Colts offense is looking for more balance moving forward and Bradshaw certainly brings that element as a former 1,000-yard runner.

“It will be exciting when (Bradshaw) gets out there in practice,” quarterback Andrew Luck said.

“He’s a great team player, phenomenal guy. He’s been fun to have in the locker room. So it will be good when he gets out there.”

Bradshaw brings an “angry, downhill” running style according to Pagano.

Those three 1,000-yard seasons for Bradshaw are one thing but Pagano was quick to point out what sits atop No. 44’s resume.

“He’s got a couple (Super Bowl) rings also,” Pagano said.

“From a preparation standpoint and how you approach the game, how you practice, how you deal with Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, all those things the young receivers get from Reggie (Wayne), all those things the young defensive linemen get from Cory (Redding), (Bradshaw’s) going to bring that same mentality to the running back room.”

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