The seventh-year NFL veteran certainly has the experience. Bradshaw rushed for 4,232 yards and 32 touchdowns in six seasons with the Giants. He had two 1,000-yard seasons, including last year’s 1,015 yards and six touchdowns.
If there’s been a knock on the 5-foot-10, 217-pound running back in recent seasons, it’s been an issue with foot injuries. Bradshaw underwent two surgical procedures on his right foot this past offseason and did not participate in training camp or play in any pre-season games.
Brown also has experience, starting 15 of 50 games for Indianapolis since being the team’s No. 1 draft pick in 2009.
He has gained 1,840 yards and ran for 11 touchdowns over the past four seasons. He had ankle and knee issues last year.
“It happens [injuries], unfortunately. It’s the game of football. It’s not the first time it’s happened to somebody on this team this season and unfortunately it probably won’t be the last,” Brown said Friday.
“It’s a very tough injury [suffered by Ballard]. You hate to see somebody who puts in the work like he did, you hate to see it happen to somebody like that. But it’s the next man up and you have to keep rolling. Since day one, it’s been the mindset. The preparation hasn’t changed. I’m just ready to roll and be ready for Sunday.”
Williams, meanwhile, was a seventh-round pick by Indianapolis last spring. He was impressive during spring and training camp work as well as in the pre-season. The former Utah State standout was released prior to the start of the regular-season and then signed to practice squad one he cleared waivers.
The Colts are expected to sign another another running back to the practice squad to replace Williams. Indianapolis might decide to bring back Delone Carter, who was traded to Baltimore late in the pre-season and was then subsequently released by the Ravens. Carter was a fourth-round draft pick by the Colts in 2011.