The New York Giants truly missed Ahmad Bradshaw in their embarrassing Week 15 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Not only were they less balanced with David Wilson unable to provide a spark in his first NFL start, but they could have used Bradshaw the pass-blocker, too.
The good news is that they might not have to fend without their No. 1 back any longer because Bradshaw thinks he'll be able to return from a knee injury in time for Sunday's huge road game against the Baltimore Ravens.
"I've done this one before. It's healing a lot quicker than expected," Bradshaw said Monday, according to Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News. "Like I said, my plan is to be out there Sunday."
He added that he may not practice this week, but missing practice time is a familiar concept for the injury-prone veteran so that's not a major concern.
On to what else is being talked about in the league's most popular division...
ESPN.com's Dan Graziano asks if we can finally stop firing Jason Garrett.
From Carlos Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: After controversy regarding Josh Brent's presence on the sideline during Sunday's game, Garrett says the Cowboys will be more sensitive to Brent's public appearances going forward.
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From Luis Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger: Andre Brown vows to return to the Giants...in time for the Super Bowl.
From Jenny Vrentas of the same publication: There are opportunities for the Giants to either clinch or be eliminated this weekend.
Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer says the Eagles' judgement has to come into question after it was revealed that Garrett Reid was in possession of steroids when he died.
Mark Maske of the Washington Post writes that the Redskins won't start Robert Griffin III until he's completely cleared by doctors.
From Rich Campbell of the Washington Times: With Jammal Brown on injured reserve, Tyler Polumbus concussed and Jordan Black now suspended, the Redskins are in trouble at right tackle.