Ahmad Bradshaw to start vs. Eagles

Updated: September 26, 2012, 4:03 PM ET
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw guaranteed he will play this Sunday and when he does, he will return as the starter.

Tom Coughlin said Bradshaw will assume his starting role and Andre Brown will back up Bradshaw. In an interview with ESPN NY 98.7 FM on Tuesday, Bradshaw had "guaranteed" he would play in Sunday night's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Bradshaw went through a full practice on Wednesday and will play Sunday night against Philadelphia, barring a setback. Bradshaw injured his neck in the first half against Tampa Bay and missed last Thursday's win over Carolina.

"I feel great as you've seen in practice," Bradshaw said.

In his absence, Brown has shined. He rushed for 184 yards and three touchdowns in the last two games with Bradshaw sidelined. Coughlin said Brown has "definitely" earned a role with his play.

"Our experience ... one year we had three guys (running the ball)," Coughlin said, recalling when the team utilized Brandon Jacobs, Bradshaw and Derrick Ward. "There is a long, long way to go. We are just happy to have an opportunity to develop some players."

Coughlin said the team will go into Sunday night's game with a plan on how to split the carries between Bradshaw and Brown but also said he will ride the hot hand, as well. Bradshaw has rushed for 94 yards and 22 carries with one touchdown this season.

"At this point in time it will be according to however we plan to use them," Coughlin said. "Naturally, we reserve the right of who has the hot hand. So many times it has been Ahmad in that situation."

Coughlin also said cornerback Prince Amukamara, who made his season debut last Thursday after being sidelined with a high ankle sprain, has a "good chance" of starting this week opposite Corey Webster. Webster practiced despite having a broken bone in his hand and will play Sunday.

Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (foot) did not practice Wednesday but will follow his one-practice-a-week routine and work on Thursday. Offensive tackle David Diehl (knee), cornerback Michael Coe (hamstring), cornerback Jayron Hosley (hamstring) and linebacker Keith Rivers (hamstring) did not practice as well. Safety Antrel Rolle, who banged his knee against a camera in the corner of the end zone in Carolina on Thursday, was limited in practice. Wide receiver Domenik Hixon (concussion) has been cleared and did practice.

Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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