New York Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw was listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins with a foot injury. As Bradshaw has battled foot injuries to both feet in the past, this should be of concern for the Giants.
Bradshaw has had off-season surgery on his feet twice since joining the Giants as a seventh-round draft pick in 2007. Bradshaw missed several games last season, including the regular season match-up against the New England Patriots, due to a stress fracture in his foot. Bradshaw also had ankle surgery following the 2010 season.
Bradshaw has been known to be a tough, physical runner, but his bruising style has resulted in a number of injuries. Earlier this season, Bradshaw suffered a neck injury in the first half of their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that kept him out for the rest of that game and the Thursday night match-up against the Carolina Panthers.
While players don’t look too far ahead in their future, Bradshaw may have to look at his injuries, especially his foot injuries, and figure it will have an effect on his quality of life once he’s done playing football. Bradshaw is only 5’10″, but over 200 pounds. Bradshaw has been the starting running back in the past, but has never been asked to carry a heavy load.
In the past two games, Bradshaw has carried the ball 57 times for 316 yards, and that doesn’t count the yards he’s gained receiving. It’s a heavy workload for someone who hasn’t been asked to carry this heavy of a load before. When Bradshaw missed time with the neck injury, RB Andre Brown took over and played very well. However, he suffered a head injury and missed the last game.
RB David Wilson, the team’s first-round pick in 2012, hasn’t gotten the carries many were expecting as of yet. He fumbled in his very first carry in the opening game against the Dallas Cowboys, and he has been working to gain the trust of his coaches ever since.
The Giants need to lighten Bradshaw’s load. He’s only 26-years old, but he will not last much longer with an increased workload like he has experienced in the past two games.