The New York Giants have announced that Ahmad Bradshaw is cleared to return to practice and that his injury was only a sprained neck.
The Giants had been very quiet on the extent of the injury that Bradshaw suffered in the second quarter of the Week 2 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bradshaw missed the Week 3 matchup against the Carolina Panthers which allowed Andre Brown to rush into the New York spotlight with a huge performance.
Bradshaw was absent from practice on Monday and Tom Coughlin told the media, “There’s still issues. If it was just pain, he’d be going.” Bradshaw was absent because he spent the morning at the Hospital for Special Surgery and apparently got good news.
Bradshaw tweeted, “Great news! Thanks everyone for ur thoughts and prayers. But u dnt understand, I’m Ready to rock.” Apparently, the injury wasn’t as serious as the Giants originally thought. That is good news for the Giants.
Even if Bradshaw is healthy enough to start on Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles, expect the Giants to split carries between Brown and Bradshaw. Getting Bradshaw back healthy would be a huge step in the right direction.
The Giants running back situation was looking a little thin if Bradshaw couldn’t go. David Wilson, the Giants’ first-round draft pick this past April, has been in Tom Coughlin’s doghouse since fumbling his second career carry and has not seen much playing time since then. Da’Rel Scott was the backup behind Brown and it has been hard to gauge what he can contribute so far.
With the emergence of Brown and a healthy Bradshaw, the Giants running attack just became something opponents need to game plan for which could open up the passing attack even more, especially since it looks like Hakeem Nicks will be ready to go on Sunday night.