Ex-Colt Ahmad Bradshaw suspended one game

Colts didn't re-sign veteran running back after last season. He pleaded no contest to marijuana possession charge in May.

Former Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw might not land another NFL job until after the regular season begins.

That’s because the free agent was suspended one game Monday for violating the league policy on substance abuse.

Bradshaw, 29, pleaded no contest to a marijuana possession charge in May, stemming from a Feb. 5 traffic stop in Ohio.

He played the last two of his eight NFL seasons with the Colts, but was not re-signed. Bradshaw had six touchdown receptions, the most for a running back in the league last season, and rushed for 425 yards in 10 games.

But he’s struggled to stay healthy. Bradshaw suffered a fractured fibula in the 10th game with the Colts last season and ended up on injured reserve for a second consecutive season. He played just three games in 2013 before landing on IR with a neck injury.

His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, tweeted Tuesday that the running back has been cleared to resume playing.

But because of the suspension, teams might wait to sign him until after the first week of the season, when veterans can be signed to non-guaranteed contracts.

The Colts moved on by signing free-agent running back Frank Gore and re-signing Dan Herron as a backup. They also drafted running back Josh Robinson in the sixth round and have Vick Ballard and Zurlon Tipton vying for roster spots.

Bradshaw has rushed for 4,843 yards, with a 4.6-yard-per-carry average, and 36 TDs in his career. He’s also caught 177 passes for 1,429 yards and nine TDs. He won two Super Bowl rings with the Giants. Leg injuries caused him to miss six games the last two seasons in New York.

Because he’s still just 29 and experienced running backs have value on the open market, another NFL team will probably give him a a look, albeit with a low-risk contract.

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