Indianapolis Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw faces several questions as he attempts to work his way back from a neck injury suffered in Week 3 against the San Francisco 49ers. The team has said that season-ending surgery is one of the possibilities, according to an Indianapolis Star report.
Bradshaw missed Week 4 after rushing for 95 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in the 49ers game. The team traded for Trent Richardson to be its starting running back before Week 3.
Fantasy impact: It's far too early in the process to do anything drastic regarding Bradshaw, as "treatment and rest" is also a possibility. He's not a starting option until he's definitely back to playing, but it's hard to recommend cutting him if owners have had him in a deep league or as a Richardson handcuff.
In the meantime, and/or if Bradshaw does miss significant time, Donald Brown becomes an interesting option for those who are desperate. With Vick Ballard already on injured reserve, and the same fate being at least a possibility for Bradshaw, Brown's stock is higher than many would have expected.
Editor's Note: ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Bradshaw met with Dr. Robert Watkins on Thursday, and is still undecided on whether to undergo neck surgery.