Ahmad Bradshaw Injury: Updates on Giants RB's Knee

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 2012

New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw has battled bumps and bruises throughout the season, and it appears he's dealing with another one on Sunday versus the New Orleans Saints.

UPDATE: Sunday, December 30 at 11:50 a.m. ET

With their playoff hopes hanging by a thread entering the final week of the season, the Giants will have Bradshaw in the backfield for today's game against Philadelphia. 

According to Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger, Bradshaw's name is not one listed on the team's inactive report for today. 

Tuck, Phillips and Amukamara are active vs Eagles. Inactives: Barden, Hosley, Sash, Torain, Ojomo, Robinson and Canty. #nyg

— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) December 30, 2012

Bradshaw has been dealing with knee and foot issues leading up to this game, so it will be interesting to see just how much the Giants are able to use him. 

Not that this is high on the team's priority list right now, but Bradshaw is just 92 yards away from his second career 1,000-yard season. 



UPDATE: Wednesday, December 26 at 11:40 a.m. ET

Disappointing, though expected, news for Giants fans as Ahmad Bradshaw will not practice today, according to New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano.

DT Chris Canty, G Chris Snee, C David Baas and RB Ahmad Bradshaw will not practice today. DE Justin Tuck will practice. #NYG

— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) December 26, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, December 23 at 3:10 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

The Giants have tweeted out their inactives and Ahmad Bradshaw is one of them. 

#Giants inactives: Travis Beckum, Ramses Barden, Kenny Phillips, Tyler Sash, Adewale Ojomo, Adrien Robinson and Justin Tuck.

— Giants 101 (@Giants_101) December 23, 2012

UPDATE: Friday, December 21 at 1:58 p.m. ET by Alex Hall

ESPN New York's Matt Ehalt is reporting via Twitter that Ahmad Bradshaw is listed as questionable heading into Week 16 against Baltimore. Ehalt tweeted Bradshaw's status along with that of several other Giants:

Tuck, Bradshaw, Phillips, Snee, Baas, Beckum, Sash questionable. Randle, Prince, Canty, Nicks probable.

— Matt Ehalt (@MattEhalt) December 21, 2012

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UPDATE: Thursday, December 20 at 1 p.m. ET

Disappointing news for Giants fans as Ahmad Bradshaw missed another practice, according to Newark Star-Ledger's Jenny Vrentas.

Tuck (shoulder) is on the bike again. Bradshaw, Baas and Snee are not out on practice field. Second straight missed practice for all 4. #nyg

— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) December 20, 2012

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UPDATE: Wednesday, December 19 at 2:10 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin still doesn't know whether or not Bradshaw will be cleared for this weekend's game. He had the following to say at a press conference (via Adam Caplan on Sulia):

We'd all love to have him play, but it's going to be a medical decision. It's not going to be mine and although he wants to play as badly as he can, I think if the doctors feel that he can play without hurting himself, then I think that may very well be a case. If the doctors don't feel that that's possible, then they'll make the decision.

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UPDATE: Monday, December 17 at 3:55 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Ahmad Bradshaw's recovery is progressing ahead of schedule, and the running back may be able to return to the field this weekend. 

The New Jersey Star-Ledger's Jorge Castillo reported that Bradshaw said, "I’ve done this one before. It’s healing a lot quicker than expected. Like I said, my plan is to be out there Sunday."

But Castillo's report also notes that head coach Tom Coughlin is less confident about Bradshaw's ability to return. Coughlin said, "You know what, I'm not sure of that yet. Medically I don’t have that kind of feedback yet."

The timing would be perfect for New York if he does return, as the team no longer leads the NFC East and needs a victory at Baltimore in order to keep pace in the playoff race. 

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UPDATE: Sunday, December 16 at 12:40 p.m. ET

As the Giants enter today's huge showdown with Atlanta, they will have to do so without starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw, according to Pat Hanlon of Giants.com.

#Giants inactives for today's game at #Falcons lockerz.com/s/269448071

— pat hanlon (@giantspathanlon) December 16, 2012

Considering the way that David Wilson played last week, the Giants no doubt believe they will be able to get by at least one more week without Bradshaw in the lineup. 



UPDATE: Friday, December 14 at 1 p.m. ET

The Giants' official Twitter page has confirmed the worst for Bradshaw, as he will be out for Sunday's game in Atlanta:

Bradshaw, Amukamara, Phillips and Sash are all out for Sunday's game #giantschat

— New York Giants (@Giants) December 14, 2012

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UPDATE: Friday, December 14 at 12:35 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

Jenny Vrentas of the Star-Ledger has the latest on Bradshaw's status:

Ahmad Bradshaw's availability for Sunday's game at Atlanta continues to look unlikely, as the Giants running back sat out his third straight day of practice today.

Bradshaw, who sprained his knee against the Saints last week, was in the fieldhouse during the portion of practice open to the media for the first time this week, but he sat off to the side. His left knee appeared to be heavily wrapped.

That doesn't sound like good news for the Giants for their key NFC showdown in the Georgia Dome. But rookie first-round pick David Wilson's breakout game last week and Atlanta's leaky run defense may allow New York to thrive even without Bradshaw in the fold for one game.


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UPDATE: Wednesday, December 12 at 11:04 a.m. ET

Discouraging news for Giants fans as star RB Ahmad Bradshaw has been diagnosed with a sprained knee, according to Newark Star-Ledger's Jenny Vrentas per Tom Coughlin. Bradshaw has yet to be ruled out of Sunday's big game against the Falcons.

Bradshaw has sprained knee. Because of his toughness, Coughlin won't rule him out for Sun. Bradshaw, Amukamara, Phillips won't practice.

— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) December 12, 2012

Coughlin admires Bradshaw's ability to play through injuries -- and how he returned vs Saints -- but sounds like he could miss this game.

— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) December 12, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

Bradshaw has returned to Sunday's game in the second quarter (via the New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano):

Oh by the way, Ahmad Bradshaw is back in the game.

— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) December 9, 2012


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USA Today's Mike Garafolo had the news:

They seem to be checking Bradshaw's left knee

— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) December 9, 2012

Bradshaw had three carries for six yards in the first quarter before suffering the injury.

Because No. 2 running back Andre Brown is out for the season with a broken fibula (via The New York Times reporter Tom Pedulla), any injury to Bradshaw would be a big deal for the Giants.

He has nearly 836 yards and five touchdowns on the season, and he's also caught 21 passes. The Giants rely on him to keep the offense balanced, allowing Eli Manning more time to look down the field in the process. If Bradshaw is hurt, the attack could become one-dimensional and suffer because of it.

Rookie ball-carrier David Wilson replaced Bradshaw on Sunday. Coming into the game Wilson had 28 carries for 111 yards and one touchdown. He's mostly been used as a kickoff-return specialist, an area in which he's performed very well.

Bradshaw only played in 12 games last season, so injuries aren't foreign to him. The Giants were using Brown on a regular basis to sustain his long-term use, but he's had to take on a larger workload with Brown on the mend.

Turning to Wilson isn't necessarily a bad thing, but he's an unproven player in a critical part of the season. The Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys are keeping the heat on the Giants in the NFC East race, and anything could alter the team's playoff course.

Bradshaw isn't a superstar, but he's been solid for New York this season. It's hard to tell how serious his injury is, but Wilson may see an uptick in carries either way.

Stay tuned for updates regarding Bradshaw's status.