EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw and safety Michael Johnson didn't practice because of injuries, leaving their availability for the team's game against the Dallas Cowboys uncertain.
Coach Tom Coughlin said it was "encouraging" that Bradshaw, the team's second-leading rusher, sprinted a bit during practice Thursday. Bradshaw, who missed the loss at Denver on Thanksgiving with left ankle and foot problems, was no longer wearing a boot.
"Knowing him, I think he will try to play," offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said. "I will be surprised if he doesn't try to play."
If Bradshaw can't go, the Giants would be short-handed at running back because D.J. Ware sustained a concussion against the Broncos and was ruled out Wednesday.
"There's no easy solution," Gilbride said. "They're being very courageous and fighting through it and banged-up and trying to act like there's nothing wrong."
"If Danny Ware is out and Ahmad is iffy, do I expect to see more carries?" said Jacobs, repeating a question from a reporter. "Who else are they going to give it to? I'm joking, man. I do expect to see more carries and I do expect more playing time than I normally get. I'm looking forward to that challenge and that opportunity."
After rushing for career-high 1,089 yards last season, Jacobs has 683 yards rushing but has failed to run for 100 or more yards in game. He has gotten more than 21 carries in a game just once this season and has a combined 34 attempts in his last three games.
That might change against on Sunday, when the Giants will need Jacobs to stay on the field.
"Hopefully his health will allow him to," Gilbride said.
Johnson was a fourth-round pick by the San Diego Chargers in April and was claimed by the Giants in September. He has 11 carries for 39 yards.
"He's getting there," Jacobs said of Johnson. "He's just like every rookie that comes in and struggles with the playbook. He's learning, and he's getting better and he's going to be able to take some snaps for us also."
Michael Johnson could miss the game with a groin injury, although Coughlin said he was able to do "everything but practice."