Ahmad Bradshaw is close to returning from the scary neck injury he suffered in Week 2.
RT @rvacchianonydn: 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— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) September 24, 2012
UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 27 at 1:10 p.m. ET by Alex Kay
Ahmad Bradshaw is once again practicing for the New York Giants.
According to Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger, the starting RB is "working" today and hopefully getting into game shape for Sunday night's contest against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Nicks (foot), Bradshaw (neck), Webster (hand), Coe (hamstring), Hixon (concussion) and Ojomo (hamstring) are working. #nyg— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) September 27, 2012
We'll keep you updated right here with any more breaking news, information and updates on Bradshaw's recovery from a sprained neck, and get you filled in as soon as we find out if he is playing or sitting in Week 4.
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UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 11:06 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
Fantasy owners and Giants fans will receive some good news today as Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) is expected to return to practice today after missing Week 3. ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk has the latest:
Coughlin said he expects Bradshaw to practice today. Says Andre Brown has definitely earned a role with Bradshaw back.— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) September 26, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger's Jenny Vrentas confirmed the news and provided more details on Bradshaw's playing status vs. Philadelphia:
Bradshaw (neck) will practice today. Coughlin said he will start this week but Brown will have a role. #nyg— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) September 26, 2012
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UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 2:45 p.m. ET
Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger reports Bradshaw is confident he will return from a neck injury in time for the team's Week 4 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The running back isn't sure if his role will change, however.
Bradshaw says he hasn't been told that his role will be different than what it was before his neck injury. #nyg— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) September 25, 2012
While it's good news for fantasy owners that Bradshaw is confident he'll be back in action, the emergence of Andre Brown means his playing time remains up in the air. It will be hard to start him unless he's named the starter prior to Sunday's first kickoff.
More should be known once both running backs are involved in practice over the coming days.
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While this is terrific news for Bradshaw and the New York Giants, it's just going to make the backfield situation even cloudier for fantasy owners. Poor us, right?
Anyway, let's take a look at what to expect for Week 4.
Unless Tom Coughlin comes out and tells us exactly how many touches Bradshaw and Andre Brown will receive, this is a situation you want to stay away from for now.
If Bradshaw returns for Week 4, it will likely be in a limited, ease-him-back kind of way.
Against, say, the Carolina Panthers, that might be fine, but the G-Men get the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
While Andy Reid's squad hasn't been elite against the run, it hasn't been Carolina-bad either. The Eagles have given up 103 rushing yards per game and 4.0 yards per carry, both of which rank right in the middle of the league.
It's certainly possible for a running back to have a productive fantasy day against this team. See Williams, Ryan.
Unfortunately, it's only possible if said running back gets a full load of carries, and as it stands right now, Bradshaw and Brown—who is coming off a you-would-be-stupid-to-keep-me-on-the-bench performance on Sunday—are staring a Week 4 timeshare right in its ugly face. That means neither is a reliable option against the Eagles.