Ware, Scott ready to fill in

If Ahmad Bradshaw can't play on Sunday, Brandon Jacobs will likely slide in as the Giants' starting running back.

But then who takes Jacobs' spot?

D.J. Ware

D.J. Ware

#28 RB
New York Giants

2011 STATS

  • Rush14
  • Yds45
  • TD0
  • Rec4
  • Yds32
  • TD0

Right now, that's unclear. It will likely be D.J. Ware. But rookie Da'Rell Scott also may see some snaps.

Ware last saw extended action in Week 6 against Buffalo. With Jacobs sidelined due to a knee injury, Ware carried the ball five times for 19 yards.

The five-year veteran has 15 carries for 45 yards so far this season.

"I have been up all week early just getting my mind right, getting ready to go, hopefully I get more than just a little bit this time and go out and show those guys what 2-8 is all about," said Ware, who wears No. 28.

As for Scott, he made the Giants roster thanks in part to an impressive preseason performance against New England. He ran for 114 yards and a touchdown on just 12 carries in the final preseason game.

"I have been waiting for my opportunity the whole season so we’ll just see how it goes. I just got to make sure I make the best out of it like in the preseason," Scott said.

As offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride notes, the Giants will sorely miss Bradshaw's blocking skills if he can't play Sunday. He's not sure how either Scott or Ware will do in game situations, but he's liked what he's seen from both in practice. Tom Coughlin was also complimentary of Scott's showing in practice.

"What you see you feel good about," Gilbride said, adding, "It’s just any time until a guy’s done it you’re always a little bit hesitant with the game, the game speed. It’s hard to simulate it in practices."

RAMSES ON TARGET: WR Ramses Barden said he felt good after getting through practice on Thursday. If Hakeem Nicks (hamstring) can't play, Barden may see his first action for the Giants this season. He suffered a season-ending ankle injury against Dallas last November and is currently on the PUP list. The Giants have a little less than two weeks to activate him or place him on IR.