Ahmad Bradshaw says he's coming along

INDIANAPOLIS -- Running back Ahmad Bradshaw's season-ending neck injury allowed him to give the Indianapolis Colts just a brief glimpse of what he could do last season.

Bradshaw injured his neck on the Colts first offensive play in their Week 3 victory at San Francisco. He remained in the game and ended up having Indianapolis' best individual rushing game of the season, running for 95 yards.

Bradshaw eventually ended up having neck surgery, ending his season, after weighing all of his options.

"They say (the correction) is permanent," he said. "I think it makes it stronger. They fused the bone, the C3 and C4. It's two vertebrae working together now, so I think it makes it stronger. And (the doctors) think so, too. Everything's coming along, I'm getting stronger, I'm starting to touch the field and run a lot more. It's all upside for me."

Bradshaw's time with the Colts was thought by some to be over, but he ended up signing one-year deal last month to return. He'll compete with Trent Richardson and Vick Ballard for carries.

"This team gave me that chance and all I can do is just prove them right," Bradshaw said. "I feel great and I'm blessed for this opportunity. All I and do is take advantage of it."

Injuries are about the only thing able to slow Bradshaw down in recent years.

"Coming off (foot) surgery the last couple of years, it's been tough," he said. "It's been a struggle to practice and feel good on my feet. So now I've been pushing it to the limit this offseason just to see where my feet were, and there's (been) no setbacks. All I can work on now is getting my neck stronger and getting ready for the contact."