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Making his 2014 preseason debut, Bradshaw (neck) had three carries for two yards and one reception for 11 yards in Saturday's exhibition contest against the Saints.

Trent Richardson handled most of the first-team work, but Bradshaw was also mixed in. Neither player had much success on the ground, which could be a theme this season for a team with major questions on the offensive line. While he can't be counted on to stay healthy, Bradshaw is the clear No. 2 running back behind a starter with plenty to prove.

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Bradshaw (neck) is expected to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Saints, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Bradshaw has missed the Colts' opening two exhibition outings following last year's neck surgery. Given the running back's injury history, Bradshaw has mixed practice days with rest periods throughout the preseason thus far. However, with Saturday marking the typically most important third tune-up contest, Bradshaw is expected to suit up and play second-string to starter Trent Richardson.

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Bradshaw (neck) did not play in Saturday's preseason game against the Giants, Newsday's Tom Rock reports.

Bradshaw seems to be on track to play before the end of the preseason, as he's expected to open the year as Trent Richardson's top backup. Given Richardson's track record and continued struggles this preseason, Bradshaw may have the chance to seize a major role in the offense.

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Bradshaw could make his preseason debut this weekend and says he's back to full speed after last year's neck surgery. "There are not a lot of guys who have been through neck surgeries and a year later they're playing football again, especially in my position," he told ESPN. "Right now as we speak, I'm confident. I don't think about my neck at all."

Bradshaw wore a red non-contact jersey in practice this week, but said it was just a precautionary move. If Bradshaw is healthy, he'll begin the season as the backup Trent Richardson and has a shot to win a significant role in the offense.

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Bradshaw is among the Colts who will not play in Thursday's preseason opener against the Jets, Kevin Bowen of Colts.com reports.

There's no reported injury in play here, but given Bradshaw's history on that front, the Colts appear to be playing it safe with the veteran back on Thursday.

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Bradshaw (rest) will not practice Tuesday, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Bradshaw will simply be handed the day off as the Colts prepare for Thursday's preseason opener against the Jets. Following October neck surgery, Bradshaw was cleared to practice at the beginning of training camp, where he's competing with Trent Richardson for touches at running back. While Richardson figures to receive a slightly heavier workload, Bradshaw's short-yardage ability should come in handy around the goal-line.

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Ahmad Bradshaw (neck surgery) has been cleared for practice.

It's worth noting that Bradshaw averaged 4.53 YPC and scored two rushing touchdowns last year before sustaining his season-ending neck injury in Week 3. Trent Richardson averaged 2.91 YPC and scored three rushing touchdowns in 14 games as a Colt. Bradshaw enters camp with a leg up on Vick Ballard for No. 2 duties.

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Ahmad Bradshaw (neck surgery) was medically cleared on Friday and is participating in OTAs.

Bradshaw didn't take part in the non-contact practices last week but was back out on the field Monday for the first time since Week 3. He anticipates having to go through another battery of tests before training camp when contact is allowed, so he's yet to be 100 percent cleared. But it's a step in the right direction. Bradshaw and Vick Ballard will compete for No. 2 duties behind Trent Richardson.

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Ahmad Bradshaw (neck surgery) isn't participating in this week's OTAs sessions.

Bradshaw is also highly questionable for next month's minicamp. Whatever contributions the Colts get from Bradshaw this season will be a bonus.

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Ahmad Bradshaw (neck surgery) says he "feels great," but isn't yet 100 percent.

"I'm starting to touch the field and run a lot more," Bradshaw said. "It's all upside for me." However, Bradshaw also admitted his surgically-repaired foot was a source of pain in 2013. Any contributions the Colts get from Bradshaw in 2014 will be a bonus.