Friday, October 26, 2012
Ahmad Bradshaw is questionable
By Matt Ehalt
Special to ESPNNewYork.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw is questionable for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys because of a foot injury.
Bradshaw only practiced once this week, on Friday in a limited capacity, but said he's "good" as the Giants prepare to face their NFC East rivals.
Bradshaw also practiced just one day last week and was questionable for the Giants' game against the Redskins, but ultimately played. In his career, Bradshaw has often been able to practice little during the week but suit up on Sundays.
"He did OK," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said. "I think he'll be, we'll see how he goes, but based on that type of thing, I'm confident."
Bradshaw said Thursday he didn't want any setbacks that could keep him from playing Sunday, so he planned on practicing just once this week and pushed that day of practice back from Thursday to Friday. He added that his foot isn't problematic when he's playing in the games.
After rushing for more than 100 yards against both Cleveland and San Francisco, Bradshaw is coming off a 43-yard effort against Washington, although he did get into the end zone. He was remembered more for getting into a tiff with Coughlin during the game, as well as slapping Victor Cruz's helmet.
"The foot is no problem when my adrenaline is running," Bradshaw said Thursday. "I don't even think about it."
Safety Kenny Phillips (knee) and defensive tackle Rocky Bernard (quadriceps) are doubtful for Sunday's game, while receiver Hakeem Nicks (knee/foot) and center David Baas (ankle) are probable. Linebacker Jacquian Williams (knee) is the lone Giant ruled out of the game.
Phillips has missed the past three games after spraining his knee in the first quarter against Philadelphia on Sept. 30. He didn't practice Wednesday but was limited Thursday and Friday, and Coughlin said the safety is going to work back into it "very gradually." Backup Stevie Brown has played well in his place.
Bernard has also missed the last three games with his quadriceps injury. He too missed Wednesday's practice and was limited Thursday and Friday. The veteran had been playing well leading up to his injury, starting in place of Chris Canty, who made his season debut last week against Washington.
Baas, who injured his ankle early against Washington, had a limited practice Thursday and Friday. He has started each game this season and said he'll be good for Sunday.
"I'm excited," Baas said. "I'm good and I'm ready to go."
Williams will miss his second straight game with a knee injury he suffered against San Francisco on Oct. 14. The Giants missed his speed against mobile quarterback Robert Griffin III, and he could have been helpful against Dallas quarterback Tony Romo, who has hurt the Giants in the past with his mobility in the pocket.