Monday, December 17, 2012
Updated: December 18, 9:36 AM ET
Ahmad Bradshaw expects to play
By Matt Ehalt
Special to ESPNNewYork.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw expects he'll play Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.
"It's healing a lot quicker than expected," Bradshaw said. "I'm planning on being out there Sunday."
Giants coach Tom Coughlin, however, isn't ready to make that declaration. Bradshaw did not play in the loss to the Atlanta Falcons because of a sprained knee.
"I medically do not have that kind of feedback yet," he said.
The Giants need to win in order to control their postseason destiny. They will face a Ravens defense that allowed 163 rushing yards in Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Bradshaw, who also has dealt with nagging foot injuries all season, suffered the sprain against New Orleans on Dec. 9. When asked if the injury was to his MCL, Bradshaw said it was "one of them," adding that he had experienced this type of injury in the past.
Bradshaw believes he is further along this week than he was leading into this past weekend, and said he hopes to be available to practice this week. Bradshaw usually practices only 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."
With Bradshaw out against the Falcons, 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. Although both posted good averages, there were pass-protection failures, and the Giants struggled in short-yardage situations.
Bradshaw said it was tough to not play in the 34-0 loss, as he believes he could have affected the outcome.
"I just would have liked to have been there," Bradshaw said. "A lot of things would have been different."
Coughlin did not provide an update on right guard Chris Snee, who suffered a hip injury and was to be examined Monday. Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty, who suffered a burner, 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 past two games after aggravating his knee injury Nov. 25 against Green Bay, said he is feeling better but was unsure if he will practice this week.