I saw a familiar face in the Colts' locker room today.

Running back Ahmad Bradshaw is back at the Colts' facility this week after making considerable headway in his rehabilitation from season-ending neck surgery. It's been quite a while since he's spent any length of time around the facility, but he clearly was happy to be back.More reason for his good spirits: The 27-year old who becomes a free agent after the season said he is practically healthy enough to play, although being on injured reserve will obviously prevent that.

"I feel like I might be able to play if I could," he said. "I feel great coming out of surgery. I just feel like I needed it. (The doctors) said they took that bulging disc off my spinal cord and my blood pressure and everything just dropped. There was a lot of stress and everything built up in my body from that. That being the biggest nerve in your body, it was pretty serious. But I feel good now."

Bradshaw said he first began experiencing issues with the bulging disc in 2012 but finished the season in spite of the injury. In the Colts' September 22 game at San Francisco, however, Bradshaw took a shot on his first play from scrimmage that ultimately proved the knockout hit. He gutted out the rest of the game but realized the extent of the damage after being examined by doctors later.

"Last year, I got hit and it started tingling down my legs and my arms," Bradshaw said. "That bulging disc was sitting right there. And on that first play out in San Francisco, it got aggravated."

Now, Bradshaw intends to get back on the field, whether in Indianapolis or elsewhere.

"That's the plan," he said. "Get ready for next season."