- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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Wondering whether New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw will play Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers? Yeah, well, I can't help you much there. Giants coach Tom Coughlin was deliberately vague on Bradshaw after Tuesday's practice (in which Bradshaw did not participate), saying only the word "neck" with regard to the running back's injury and "we are" when asked if he was holding out hope that Bradshaw might play.
That said, though, if you'll allow me a bit of speculation, I would be surprised to see Bradshaw on Thursday night. With only three days off between games this week, and with Bradshaw unable to participate in the one real practice, it's hard to imagine he'll have time to recover. That could mean more of Andre Brown, who as Coughlin points out performed well in relief of Bradshaw on Sunday:
"I thought Andre did a nice job," Coughlin said. "He certainly was the focal point once Ahmad came out of the game. David (Wilson) has his plays and certainly will get some more time as well."
Not a lot there for you fantasy football players, though if you have a piece of the Giants' running game on your fantasy team you haven't been paying very close attention over the past couple of seasons. The Giants need to find something in the run game. Carolina's defense offers an opportunity to do that. If Bradshaw can't answer the bell and Brown and/or Wilson were to perform well, that might portend a change in the way the run game operates going forward.
Affecting this situation as well is the status of right tackle David Diehl, who left Sunday's game with a knee injury and also did not practice Tuesday. Diehl's "unlikely" to play, according to Ohm, which likely would mean Will Beatty gets the start at either right or left tackle (with Sean Locklear at the other). Wide receiver Domenik Hixon missed practice while recovering from his concussion, and wide receiver Hakeem Nicks sat out to rest his foot injury, but that was a planned rest day and Nicks is expected to play.
Short week might be biting the Giants this time around, as it's possible any of the injured guys might be ready to play come Sunday. But the upside is that they'll have nine full days to recover between their Week 3 and Week 4 games.