With all of the bad injury news surrounding the New York Giants, getting starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw back would deliver the team with a huge boost heading into their divisional matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Fortunately, Bradshaw has been cleared to practice, per a tweet by the New York Daily News’ Ralph Vacchiano.
Ahmad Bradshaw’s “great news” was indeed that he has been cleared to practice after missing the last 1 1/2 games with a sprained neck. #NYG
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) September 24, 2012
Bradshaw has missed the past game and a half, opening the door for fourth-year back Andre Brown to cement his place in the Giants’ offensive attack going forward. Brown has tallied 184 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries, igniting a Giants offense that has scored 64 points since he entered the lineup.
The return of Bradshaw could enable the Giants to do some more things in the running game that they have been unable to do for quite some time. Bradshaw and Brown could provide the Giants with a dynamic duo at the running back position, while lifting much of the pressure resting on quarterback Eli Manning’s shoulders to perform at a ridiculously high level on a weekly basis.
Of course, it could halt the progress New York has made in discovering they did have a running game after all. Bradshaw entered this season coming off the worst campaign of his five-year NFL career as a part of the league’s worst rushing attack. His start to 2012 did not appear to be headed in a much better direction.
Is it possible that Bradshaw was part of the problem?
When Bradshaw returns he will have the chance to prove himself. The Giants hope that will happen as soon as Sunday with the chance to see what he can offer them as they seek to successfully defend their Super Bowl title.