The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw and placed running back Tyler Varga on the Injured Reserve list.
Bradshaw, 5-10, 217 pounds, played each of the last two seasons with the Colts. He originally signed with Indianapolis as a free agent on June 11, 2013. Prior to joining the Colts, Bradshaw played six seasons (2007-2012) with the New York Giants after being selected by the Giants in the seventh round (250th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. He has played in 97 career NFL games (36 starts) and registered 1,052 carries for 4,843 yards and 36 touchdowns and 177 receptions for 1,429 yards and nine touchdowns. Bradshaw has also contributed in the return game and has 77 kickoff returns for 1,788 yards and eight punt returns for 62 yards. He has appeared in nine postseason contests (three starts), tallying 111 rushes for 480 yards and two touchdowns, 20 receptions for 141 yards and seven kickoff returns for 193 yards.
Last season, Bradshaw played in 10 games (one start) for the Colts and registered 90 carries for 425 yards and two touchdowns and caught 38 passes for 300 yards and six touchdowns before being placed on the team’s Injured Reserve list on November 18, 2014. In 2013, he saw action in three games (two starts) and totaled 41 rushes for 186 yards and two touchdowns and seven receptions for 42 yards before being placed on the Injured Reserve list on October 9, 2013. In six seasons (2007-2012) with the Giants, he played in 84 games (33 starts) and recorded 921 carries for 4,242 yards and 32 touchdowns and 132 receptions for 1,087 yards and three touchdowns. Bradshaw played in nine postseason contests for the Giants and was part of two Super Bowl Championships (XLII and XLVI).
Varga, 5-11, 225 pounds, was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 5, 2015. He played in Weeks 1-3 and had one carry for two yards and one reception for 18 yards. Varga also registered six kickoff returns for 151 yards (25.2 avg.) and tallied one special teams tackle. He finished his collegiate career at Yale ranked fourth in rushing yards (2,895), fifth in attempts (529), third in rushing touchdowns (31) and second in yards per carry average (5.6).
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The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts safety Mike Adams has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 5. This marks the first time he has earned the award in his career.
In the Colts 27-20 victory over the Houston Texans, Adams totaled five tackles (three solo), two passes defensed and two interceptions. His first interception came on the opening drive of the game. Houston began the series on their own 20-yard line and orchestrated a 13-play, 61-yard drive that led them to the Colts 19-yard line. On the 14th play of the series, Adams intercepted Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett on the Indianapolis six-yard line and returned the ball 38 yards. The turnover led to a 48-yard field goal by kicker Adam Vinatieri for the Colts first points of the game.
Adams’ second interception came in the fourth quarter as Houston attempted a late comeback. Down 27-20 with 3:25 left in the game, the Texans drove 26 yards into Indianapolis territory. On the first play after the two-minute warning, Adams intercepted Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer on the Colts six-yard line to preserve the NFL-record 16th consecutive AFC South Division win for Indianapolis.
Adams is the second Colts player to earn AFC Player of the Week honors this season, joining punter Pat McAfee, who won AFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 3. He is the first Colt to win AFC Defensive Player of the Week since inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson (Week 13) and outside linebacker Jonathan Newsome (Week 17) last season.
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