Bradshaw recovering well from neck surgery

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw made a rare appearance inside the team's locker room during the media portion Thursday.

Bradshaw had season-ending neck surgery in October.

"Things are going well," Bradshaw said as he joked around with some of his teammates. "The doctors took the bulging disc off my spinal cord, which caused my blood pressure to drop. It was pretty serious."

Bradshaw injured his neck on the first play from scrimmage in the Sept. 22 game at San Francisco. He said he finished the game because he was playing on adrenaline. Bradshaw rushed for 95 yards against the 49ers.

Bradshaw managed to play through a bulging disc problem last season. Not this season, though. Doctors told him surgery, which was similar to the one Peyton Manning had, was the route to go with his neck.

"I felt like we had something going in the backfield," Bradshaw said. "Having surgery was the best thing for me."

The 27-year-old Bradshaw will be a free agent in the offseason and he has every intention of playing next season.

But it's uncertain where he'll play.

Trent Richardson will be back, Vick Ballard will be returning from a torn ACL and Donald Brown will be a free in agent in the offseason.

Bradshaw also has to prove that he's healthy.