TERRE HAUTE —
Running back Ahmad Bradshaw and inside linebacker Pat Angerer, who have both been sidelined after undergoing off-season foot surgeries, were activated off the Colts’ physical unable to perform list Tuesday.
Bradshaw was signed to a one-year free agent contract last spring after spending six seasons with the New York Giants. He rushed for 4,232 yards and 32 touchdowns during his time with the Giants. The Bluefield, Va., native underwent foot surgery in late January and had a follow-up procedure performed in March.
Team officials were required by the National Football League to activate Bradshaw after he briefly took part in a practice walkthrough session on Aug. 4. An NFL spokesman said Indianapolis violated league rules by allowing the running back to participate in the session.
“We just had discussions with the league concerning Ahmad’s status. We all agreed that it was the best thing to bring him off PUP at this time,” Pagano explained, adding that he figures the former Giants running back is ready — from a health standpoint — to get back to work.
“We felt like he was going to be off [PUP] regardless. He feels great. If it was left up to him, he’d want to go [during Tuesday’s practices]. We’re going to protect him from himself and bring him along just like we said we were always going to bring him along. Err on the side of caution and he’ll be day-to-day,” Pagano continued.
“The good thing is he’ll be out there. He’ll be with his teammates and preparing as if he was going to play. [He’s] just not going to get the reps right now.”
Bradshaw is happy to have a chance to return to practice. Despite joining the Colts in late May, he has yet to go through a full workout with the team.
“We’re just going to take it slow. I feel great right now. I feel I’m ready to go. It’s just a process I have to go through to be ready for the pounding and practices every day,” he said Tuesday. “Oh man, I can’t wait. That’s the most exciting part of it, not knowing what you’re getting into.
“These guys have helped me tremendously with the playbook and I just see a lot of potential for our offense when I get back.”
Angerer, meanwhile, is in his fourth season with Indianapolis after being a second-round draft pick ion 2010. The former Iowa defensive standout has also undergone multiple operations after suffering a broken foot in the Colts’ 2012 preseason opener. He played 11 games last year despite not being fully recovered after his initial surgery.
“Took him off PUP [Tuesday] morning midway through. Got the word that we took him off so we stuck him right in and obviously nobody happier than Pat. He had a grin from ear to ear and is excited to get going. Again, even though he’s off, he’s much like [Ahmad] Bradshaw,” the Colts coach said.
“We’ll stick him in some walkthrough situations. He’ll continue to do most of his rehab and his position work with Erin Barill and our trainers on the side. As soon as he’s 100 percent and ready to go, we’ll stick him into action, but it’s day-to-day.”
Defensive end Fili Moala remains on the Colts’ PUP list but appears close to being activated. Rookie safety John Boyett is on the team’s non-football injury list. Inside linebacker Scott Lutrus and offensive guard Justin Anderson both cleared waivers and are on Indianapolis’ reserve/injured list.