Ahmad Bradshaw Injury: Latest on RB's Week 1 Status, David Wilson's Reps & More

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IAugust 30, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05:  Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants scores a 6-yard rushing touchdown against Brandon Spikes #55 and Shaun Ellis #94 of the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Giants won 21-17.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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It's a good thing Ahmad Bradshaw is one of the toughest players in the NFL, because he is seemingly always injured. 

As we near the start of the 2012 NFL season, the New York Giants running back's newest malady is a hand contusion. 

The news came from ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk after Bradshaw left New York's second preseason game against the New York Jets:

Coughlin says Ahmad Bradshaw has a right hand contusion and hasn't heard anything else. Jayron Hosley has a "turf-toe kind of issue"

— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) August 19, 2012

But once again, according to Bradshaw himself, he will play through it (via ESPN's Mike Mazzeo):

Running back Ahmad Bradshaw told reporters that his hand is feeling much better and he'll be able to play in the Cowboys game as well.

"I'm not gonna have to wear anything on it," Bradshaw said. "I'll be ready to go. It won't be a problem by the first game."

Bradshaw has dealt with a multitude of injuries throughout his five-year career, but it seems like time and time again he finds a way to play through them. In 2011, he played all 16 games and carried the ball 276 times. In 2010, he played in 15 games. Same in 2009. 

This guy is an absolute warrior, and it's no surprise he will reportedly see a full load in Week 1. 

But while that will always hold true, and Bradshaw will always find a way to suit up as long as all of his bones are connected, the Giants have a new shiny weapon that will prevent them from over-extending the 26-year-old. 

That weapon goes by the name of David Wilson, a rookie out of Virginia Tech. 

Wilson struggled against the Patriots to the tune of 13 yards on eight carries, but that doesn't detract from the dazzling preseason performances he put on, such as his five-carry, 49-yard show against the Bears.

The explosive back has proven that he is too talented to keep off the field. He won't get a 50-50 split in terms of carries, but don't be surprised if the Giants give him eight-to-10 touches in Week 1 to keep Bradshaw in good health. 

Stay tuned for any new developments that should arise.