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Once again, Colts place running back Ahmad Bradshaw on injured reserve

Popular player with teammates and fans suffered wrist injury Sunday that ends his season early for third consecutive year.

Ahmad Bradshaw lasted six games with the Indianapolis Colts this time.

The productive but oft-injured running back was placed on injured reserve Monday after suffering a right wrist injury in Sunday’s 25-12 home win over Tampa Bay. He got hurt in the final quarter and was pictured on the bench with his right wrist wrapped.

As much as the two-time Super Bowl winner with the New York Giants endeared himself to teammates and fans for his intensity and knack for scoring touchdowns — he had three scoring receptions as a reserve this season — the ninth-year pro has never been able to stay healthy.

His first season with the Colts in 2013 lasted three games due a neck injury. Last season, he suffered a fractured fibula in the 10th game.

The Colts re-signed second-year running back Zurlon Tipton, who has bounced on and off the roster and practice squad and was released last week to make room for the return of Dan Herron, who was claimed off waivers from Buffalo.

Bradshaw said when he re-joined his “brothers” in October that it was too late in his career to change his playing style, which has always been fearless and full steam ahead. While his rushing yards weren’t there — he averaged just 2.7 yards per carry in gaining 85 yards on 31 carries — Bradshaw caught 10 passes for 64 yards and three scores. He was also a reliable backfield blocker in picking up blitzing defenders.

Sunday was a particularly humbling day for running backs. Bradshaw’s injury aside, the Colts rushed for just 27 yards on 26 carries, the third-fewest total in a win in franchise history.

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