Ahmad Bradshaw Injury: Updates on Giants RB's Knee

David Daniels@TheRealDDanielsSenior Writer IDecember 9, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 07:  Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants in action against the Cleveland Browns during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 7, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Ahmad Bradshaw lives up to his injury-prone label.

The New York Giants halfback suffered yet another injury on Sunday evening against the New Orleans Saints, this time a knee injury.

Michael Fabiano of the NFL Network tweeted Bradshaw’s health status:

Ahmad Bradshaw questionable to return. David Wilson could end up having a huge game now...

— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) December 9, 2012

UPDATE: Monday, December 10 at 2:45 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

A report by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York has the latest on Bradshaw's status:

Initially, coach Tom Coughlin said he felt as if Bradshaw might've been able to play if needed late in the game. But on Monday, Coughlin said he would rather not speculate on Bradshaw's condition and was still awaiting the running back's test results.

"Anytime you are talking about a knee and people are going through a series of tests, it is better to wait and see what the results are," Coughlin said on a conference call. "I wouldn't speculate on anything right now."

It's slightly discouraging news for Bradshaw, but a breakout game from rookie first-rounder David Wilson gives the Giants' running game some explosiveness should Bradshaw miss any extended time.

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Prior to his exit, Bradshaw had rushed for just six yards on three carries, so it didn’t look as if he was in for a productive day. The loss is still a painful one for the Giants, though.

After averaging just 3.9 yards per carry last season—when healthy—Bradshaw has bounced back with a vengeance this year. In 2012, he’s racked up 836 rushing yards—the second-highest total of his career—on 4.5 yards a pop and five touchdowns.

Still fighting for its playoff lives, New York needs a healthy Bradshaw to complement its often-explosive air attack, especially because rookie first-round pick David Wilson has yet to show the ability to carry a ground game—not that he’s been given a shot.

Entering Sunday's action, the Virginia Tech product had only carried the football 28 times this season. His Week 1 fumble put him in the doghouse early, and he never recovered to become a go-to offensive weapon.

Wilson isn’t worth a fantasy addition unless he blows up in the second half. And considering that he’s only rushed for three yards on his first three carries, a breakout performance (minus his special teams brilliance) looks highly unlikely. But even if he does explode, Bradshaw’s injury still has to be serious for the second-string back to have any true value.


David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.