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Monday, November 17, 2014

Colts Injury Update: Ahmad Bradshaw likely breaks ankle

By on 11/17/2014 10:30:00 AM

The Indianapolis Colts were crushed by the New England Patriots on Sunday night and to makes matters worse, running back Ahmad Bradshaw suffered a potentially season ending injury.

Early in the fourth quarter, Bradshaw received a carry from the Patriots' one-yard line and was stuffed for no gain on the play. In the ensuing pile on, he injured his left ankle and the Colts fear that it is broken. Regardless if surgery is needed or not, Bradshaw will need multiple weeks to recover if his ankle is indeed broken.

Losing Bradshaw is a devastating blow for the Colts, as he leads the team in rushing yards, and his 4.7 yards per carry (YPC) are over a point higher than backup Trent Richardson's total for the season (3.4). Bradshaw was also one of quarterback Andrew Luck's favorite weapons in the redzone, catching six touchdown passes this season.

With Bradshaw out, the Colts will be forced to turn to Richardson and his poor YPC, while also potentially using Dan Herron, who has seen just 22 rushing attempts this season. It will be difficult to replace Bradshaw's explosive play, and the Colts backfield is one to avoid for fantasy purposes. Look for the Colts to rely on Luck even more over the team's next six games.

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