Bradshaw limited, but should play vs. 'Skins

October, 18, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw was limited in practice on Thursday, after sitting out practice Wednesday.

But Bradshaw should still get the bulk of the carries when the Giants face the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

"I feel good, man," Bradshaw said Thursday after practice. "No setbacks, and I'm ready to go."

When asked if he expected Bradshaw to be able to carry a full load on Sunday, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said, "I do."

Bradshaw said he had one of his feet stepped on late in the Giants' 26-3 win over the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday. He would not reveal which foot, but said it was unrelated to the stress fracture in his foot that hampered him for much of last season.

"Just hurt the bone a little bit," said Bradshaw, "but I'm cool."

After accumulating just 133 rushing yards in his first three games this season, Bradshaw has exploded for 316 yards in the Giants' past two games. But he has had a heavy workload, with a combined total of 57 carries.

Bradshaw said Thursday that he hopes to keep getting the ball as much as possible. "I'm always up for it," he said. "I take pride in it, any time I can try to carry this team -- as much as I can, I'll do it. If they want to put it on my back, I'll take it."

But the Giants do have other viable options at running back. Fourth-year vet Andre Brown rushed for 113 yards against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3, when Bradshaw sat out with a neck injury, and has fully recovered from the concussion he suffered against the Cleveland Browns two Sundays ago. And rookie first-round draft pick David Wilson has excelled on kickoff returns, and had seven carries for 35 yards against the 49ers last week.

"They'll all have chances," Coughlin said, when asked about his three running backs. "They'll all have chances."

The Redskins have the eighth-ranked rushing defense in the NFL, giving up just 88.8 yards on the ground.

Now in his sixth NFL season, since being drafted in the seventh round out of Marshall, Bradshaw has played through several injuries in his young career.

His relatively small frame (5-foot-10, 214 pounds) has taken a serious beating -- but Bradshaw says he actually enjoys it.

"This last game, the 49ers were really hyped about hitting me, or getting a nice lick on me," Bradshaw said. "I just laughed, and told them I loved it. I just love the contact."

Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride spoke glowingly of Bradshaw on Thursday. "If it's just soreness or it's just a matter of pain, then he basically has the capacity to ignore it, and just play -- and play at a high level," Gilbride said. "We've leaned on him heavily the last couple of weeks, and he's done a terrific job.

"I don't think you can play the position unless you're physically tough. I don't think there's a running back that can play it well if you're not physically tough. But I still think that he's raised the level, the bar so to speak. You have to appreciate what he brings to the table."
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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