Ahmad Bradshaw cited for marijuana possession

Colts' best running back last season joins a growing list of players who have had embarrassing off-field issues recently.

Ahmad Bradshaw, the Indianapolis Colts’ most productive running back last season, was cited last week for marijuana possession after a traffic stop in Ohio.

The two-time Super Bowl champion and eight-year pro was cited Feb. 5 after being pulled over after allegedly driving too closely to another vehicle on Interstate-70 in Preble County, Ohio, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Marcus Pirrone, who smelled marijuana inside Bradshaw’s vehicle.

Police said they discovered a small amount of marijuana in Bradshaw’s pants pocket. Another passenger also was cited for marijuana possession.

Both men were cited and released and are scheduled for a Tuesday court appearance.

Last season, Bradshaw rushed for 425 yards and two touchdowns and also caught 38 passes for 300 yards and six scores. But he was placed on injured reserve after suffering a fractured fibula in the 10th game.

Signed as a free agent before each of the past two seasons, he played just three games in 2013 for the Colts before suffering a season-ending neck injury.

He is about to become a free agent next month and it’s unknown if the Colts intended to re-sign him. Bradshaw was admired by teammates and coaches for his tenacity and production on the field.

But this is the latest in a recent series of embarrassing off-field issues involving Colts players.

Reserve linebacker Josh McNary is on the NFL Commissioner’s exemption list after being charged last month with rape. Earlier this week, the team released reserve rookie linebacker Andrew Jackson after a second driving while under the influence arrest within a year. Reserve offensive tackle Xavier Nixon was let go this week after he missed a team flight for the Colts’ AFC Championship Game at New England.

Safety LaRon Landry, who started 18 games in two seasons but was suspended four games in 2014 for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, was also cut this week.

Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, the team’s leading tackler last season, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of simple assault after a Feb. 3 incident in which he allegedly punched a pizza delivery man during a parking spot dispute in Washington, D.C.

Jackson, who signed a four-year contract before 2014, made his first Pro Bowl last season.

The Colts issued a statement after Jackson’s arrest: “The Indianapolis Colts have been made aware that D'Qwell Jackson was charged yesterday in Washington, D.C., with a count of simple assault. When the Club learns more of the surrounding facts, it will make an appropriate statement.”

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