The last time we saw Ahmad Bradshaw in a Colts uniform, he was tearing through the San Francisco 49ers' defense on his way to a 95-yard day, averaging a robust 5 yards per carry in the process.

Then, just like that, after three games, his season was over.

A neck injury was the culprit, with a delicate surgery to follow. This week, as the Colts began offseason workouts, Bradshaw went into some detail on the procedure and gave a better sense of where he is on his road back.

"I'm six months after surgery. I feel great," Bradshaw said. "Getting stronger. I'm just glad to be back here and be a part of this team."

Regarding the Colts' faith in him in the form of a one-year contract extension despite his injury, Bradhsaw said, "This team gave me that chance and all I can do is just prove them right. I feel great and I'm blessed for this opportunity. All I can do is take advantage of it."

But Bradshaw, 28, isn't all the way back. This surgery was hardly minor. He said his doctors fused two vertebrae in his neck, something he believes will strengthen the area. Bradshaw initially contemplated addressing the problem with rest before settling on the surgical option.

"They say (the correction) is permanent," Bradshaw said. "I think it makes it stronger. They fused the bone, the C3 and C4. It's two vertebrae working together now, so I think it makes it stronger. And (the doctors) think so, too. Everything's coming along. I'm getting stronger. I'm starting to touch the field and run a lot more. It's all upside for me."

Injuries have been a constant for Bradshaw the past two seasons. Missing most of last season was "devastating," he said, probably because it compounded previous frustrations.