The New York Giants dominated the Carolina Panthers last Thursday despite not having starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw who injured his neck in the second quarter of the Week 2 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Giants have still not fully disclosed the extent of Bradshaw’s injury and have played coy when asked about Bradshaw’s status for the Week 4 game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night. Bradshaw was at the Hospital for Special Surgery on Monday instead of at practice. Tom Coughlin had only this to say about Bradshaw, “There [are] still issues. If it was just pain, he’d be going.”
The fact that the Giants have not told the media what is exactly wrong with Bradshaw leads me to believe it could be a serious issue. One red flag was the fact he was at the Hospital for Special Surgery instead of practice which means there could be a need for orthopedic surgery in the near future for Bradshaw.
It would not be surprising if Bradshaw suffered a fractured vertebra against the Buccaneers given how secretive the Giants have been. Their secrecy could be centered on several factors including a desire to wait for proper diagnosis and course of treatment.
Actually, the silence is a pretty smart move on the Giants’ part in that they won’t be bombarded with questions they don’t have answers to at the moment. For the moment the Giants aren’t budging on their secrecy surrounding the Bradshaw injury.
Right now it looks as if Andre Brown might be in line for his second straight start while Bradshaw sits.