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Colts RB Bradshaw taking time to decide on surgery

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 4, 2013 at 3:04 pm •  Published: October 4, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw will miss Sunday's game against Seattle and take a couple of weeks to decide whether to have season-ending neck surgery.

Coach Chuck Pagano said that Bradshaw met with medical specialists Thursday, and the player and doctors will decide what's best.

"I don't know ultimately where that is," Pagano said. "But in the end, it will be up to Ahmad and the doctors."

Bradshaw hasn't practiced for two weeks after he took a hit in the opening series against the San Francisco 49ers two weeks ago. He finished the game with 19 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown, but hasn't practiced or played since. Bradshaw has 41 carries for 186 yards and seven catches for 42 yards this season.

He could have neck surgery or he let the injury heal on its own, a person with knowledge of the medical options told The Associated Press late Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not provided specific details about the injury.

Losing Bradshaw would be another blow for Indy (3-1), which shares the AFC South lead with Tennessee despite losing three offensive starters with season-ending injuries — tight end Dwayne Allen (hip), running back Vick Ballard (knee) and left guard Donald Thomas (quad).

The Colts traded last week for Cleveland running back Trent Richardson, who started last weekend against Jacksonville and is likely to start again Sunday against the Seahawks (4-0). In two games with the Colts, Richardson has 95 yards on 33 carries and two TDs.

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