Monday, December 17, 2012
Bradshaw expects to play vs. Ravens
By Matt Ehalt
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw (knee/foot) expects he'll play next Sunday in Baltimore, but head coach Tom Coughlin isn't ready to make that declaration just yet.
Bradshaw missed Sunday's loss in Atlanta with a knee sprain.
"It's healing a lot quicker than expected," Bradshaw said Monday. "I'm planning on being out there Sunday."
Bradshaw, who has also dealt with nagging foot issues all season, suffered the sprain against New Orleans on Dec. 9. When asked if it was his MCL, Bradshaw said it was "one of them," and then added that he's had this type of injury in the past.
He believes he's further along this week than he was leading into the Atlanta game. When asked about practicing, he said he wants to rest to try and get ready. Bradshaw usually only practices once a week because of his foot issues.
"I feel good. It's a new week," Bradshaw said. "Just want to move on from this game and I'm just disappointed not to be out there with my teammates yesterday."
Coughlin didn't know whether he would have Bradshaw back for a game the Giants need to win to control their own playoffs destiny. The Giants will face a Baltimore defense that allowed 163 rushing yards to Denver on Sunday in a 34-17 home loss.
"I medically do not have that kind of feedback yet," Coughlin said.
With Bradshaw out on Sunday, the Giants turned to rookie David Wilson and recently signed Kregg Lumpkin. Wilson rushed 12 times for 55 yards and Lumpkin had nine carries for 42 yards. While they both posted good averages, there were pass-protection failures and the team struggled in short-yardage situations. Wilson was stopped on a fourth-and-1 in the second quarter.
Bradshaw said it was tough to not play as he believes he could have affected the outcome of the contest, seemingly referring to the team's struggles to pick up short yards. He added that for as bad as he wanted to play, the smartest thing to do was wait for this weekend's game. Several of his teammates asked him if there were things he noticed watching the game on TV.
"I just would have liked to have been there," Bradshaw said. "A lot of things would have been different."
Coughlin said he didn't have an update on right guard Chris Snee, who suffered a hip injury and was set to have his hip examined Monday. Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty suffered a burner Sunday and said Monday he felt "good" and there was nothing structurally wrong.
"I'm going to be ready to go, there's no question about it," Canty said. "All in, whatever it takes."
Giants safety Kenny Phillips, who has missed the last two games after re-aggravating his knee Nov. 25 against Green Bay, said he's feeling better but he's not sure if he'll practice this week. Phillips believes he'll be back this year, although there are only two games left in the regular season. If the Giants win their final two games, they are guaranteed a playoff spot.