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New York Giants Coach Tom Coughlin: Ahmad Bradshaw Adds Knee Injury to Foot Problems

December 10th, 2012 at 3:53 PM
By Simon Garron-Caine

'Super Bowl-5-2' photo (c) 2012, Stephen Luke - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ Ahmad Bradshaw's struggles with chronic injuries to both of his feet are well documented, but after the picking up 33 yards on 11 carries in the New York Giants 52-27 victory over the New Orleans Saints the running back is dealing with an injury to his knee.

Tom Coughlin said Bradshaw will undergo a standard battery of tests after injuring his left knee during yesterday's contest. Jenny Vrentas of NJ.com has the story:

"Any time you are talking about a knee, and he’s going through a series of tests, you're better off to wait and see what the results are," Coughlin said. "I wouldn’t speculate on anything right now."

Bradshaw did return to the game on modified duty after the injury, so we doubt it's that serious (wait, what was that Coach said about speculation?)…although it doesn't take that serious of an injury to cost a player a few weeks.

The Giants should know more about Bradshaw when they get test results back and see how it responds in the coming days. In the meantime, Vrentas adds, Coughlin worries that wide receiver Hakeem Nicks will be playing through pain all year.

"I thought he had some plays in the game last night that showed real quickness, very similar to what we’re used to. It’s not there all the time. He does have, as I say, he does have these issues that are going to be with him throughout the course of the year."

Of course, that's not news to any of us who have been watching Nicks limp around all season. We'd hoped he'd get back to full strength, but it's getting late and it doesn't look like the Giants have any opportunity to rest him up.

The Giants will have to manage these players' injuries the best they can…but it looks like these players will have to put on their warrior hats.

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64 Responses to “New York Giants Coach Tom Coughlin: Ahmad Bradshaw Adds Knee Injury to Foot Problems”

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  1. Even if Bradshaw’s knee isn’t that serious, it’s starting look like Wilson’s on the fast-track to the big stage. Not surprised if he has 20+ touches next week.

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    Repost:

    GOAT56 says:
    December 10, 2012 at 3:18 PM
    Kujo our run defense is an issue but maybe not a huge one that kills us. Especially once we get into the playoffs. The teams that can run the ball well are not very dangerous in their passing game and vice versa. Atlanta of 2-3 years ago would be a horrible match up for us. But with them now being a finese team we should be fine. And actually the ravens have become mostly a finese team too. I think while a fair concern the teams we face from here on out might not be good enough offensively to really make us make for our run defense struggles.

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    kinsho says:
    December 10, 2012 at 3:20 PM
    I hate being presumptuous, but did you mean kujo or kinsho?

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    kujo says:
    December 10, 2012 at 3:22 PM
    Kinda thought the same thing.

    Anyway, you’re wrong in saying the Falcons are a “finesse” team. They have actually done a whole lot of running this year, and they haven’t been in nearly as many shoot-outs as was expected. Turner might be on the downside of his career, but he is a very hard runner who would definitely chew up the interior of our run defense. And Jaiquizz can do some damage as well.

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    GOAT56 says:
    December 10, 2012 at 3:46 PM
    Sorry guys I confused y’all in reading quickly.

    Atlanta has been in a lot of close games but they don’t run the ball. They rank 28th in running yards per game and 26th in rushing attempts per game. They have totally changed how they play. They are 4th in the NFL in passing yards and 6th in passing attempts. This is a different falcons team. Expect the 3 safety look basically all game.

    •  kinsho says:

      I’m not necessarily worried about the Falcons’ runners here. I’m worried about the Ravens.

      The Ravens are tougher than they look on paper. Joe Flacco’s starting to find his stride and Ray Rice continues to get better. If Rice ran against us like he did against the Redskins, we WILL be playing from behind. And one more concern to add here – the Joe Flacco that plays in Baltimore is different from the Joe Flaccid that plays on road games. If they can get both their passing game and running game in gear, we’re in for a rough day.

      •  JimStoll says:

        Flacco played increasingly poorly as the game progressed yesterday against the skins; much like eli and the Giants the week before

        hmmmm

      •  GOAT56 says:

        You haven’t been watching their games. I’m a Flacco guy. But he has played well over the past month and their defense just isn’t that good. They like the bears look like team in free fall to me.

  3.  JimStoll says:

    The Falcons defense looks a tad worse than ours on paper
    less sacks, not terribly good against the run
    24 turnovers compared to our 34 (we are second in the league to the Bears; by one)

    •  GOAT56 says:

      If you look at our teams accross the board we have displayed similar aggregate play over the season. It’s just the Falcons have been fortunate (or good) to pull out many close games.

  4.  LUZZ says:

    One other note about Wilson. The kid has serious power. There was a play where he was coming through the hole and the linebacker (#50) had a clean shot at him, squared his shoulders and delivered as big a blow as he could. Wilson ran right through his tackle by putting his shoulder right in the LB’s chest. The LB came off the field holding his shoulder in real pain. wilson flat out ran him over!

    I knew Wilson had power, but that was really the first time we’ve seen it in a Giants uniform. His other attribute that will show itself soon is his incredible balance. He has an ability to maintain balance after a significant blow. I know from watching him at VT that he is a unique talent. Barry Sanders-ish. He won’t have the career Barry had but his start stop ability is similar.

    Having said all that, I don’t think he’s a 25 carry kind of back or if we even want him to be. he’s powerful enough to run between the tackles and get tough yards, but he’ll be a slasher for us going forward. We’ve never really had this kind of weapon before. Tiki was very good but didn’t really posses Wilson’s level of power and explosion.

    I know Martin is lighting it up but I’m happy we have Wilson.

    •  kinsho says:

      Yes, I remember that play. I remember my TV started to crack once Wilson lowered his shoulders and laid out Curtis Lofton. Easily one of the best plays from yesterday in my opinion.

  5.  fanfor55years says:

    This next game is really gut-check time. The Falcons are coming off a bad loss and know that they are being viewed as a paper tiger. The Giants have to have a W to advance toward the playoffs. Both teams know they could meet later. I think Coughlin and Fewell will choose to “take away” Tony Gonzalez from Ryan the way they did it with Graham, making it far easier for the D-line to apply pressure IF they can stop the run. The Falcons will try to run the ball in order to set up big plays down the field to Jones and White. The Giants are going to try to run the ball because if they can, knowing the Falcons’ rush should not bother Eli too much, he will slice them up in that dome.

    I think the Giants match up very well with the Falcons IF they have at least two reliable running backs in the game and IF they can stop the run enough to force Ryan to pass without his being able to rely on his insurance policy of Tony Gonzalez, and IF The Prince plays. The game plan they used in January against this team is the one that should work, but the back of our defense is going to be tested because offensive coordinators now feel they can make big plays against us, especially against our erstwhile #1 corner. If Prince isn’t playing then I’m worried because Hosley will have to play White and Webster will be on Jones. I do not like those matchups very much, especially the second one.

    •  JimStoll says:

      in the dome, the Falcons are a much better team; like the Saints

      •  GOAT56 says:

        Don’t agree. The Saints were dominate. Atlanta just pulls out wins. Carolina game 1, raiders, saints and cowboys are all games they barely won at home. This is not nearly the same task as winning in new orleans.

        •  JimStoll says:

          they’re still better in the dome than on the road

          •  GOAT56 says:

            True but not to the level that should provide any fear. Too me a great home team is a team like Seattle or NO has been. When the team plays at a whole different level at home. I don’t see that in Atlanta.

  6.  JimStoll says:

    anyone heard the rumor that the Niners are going to waive Jacobs?
    Giants may try to pick him back up?

  7.  kujo says:

    Cowboys fear that hand injury to Dez Bryant could end his season…

  8.  NC Giant says:

    Re: Jacobs…COME HOME!!!

    NFL.COM reporting that Dez Bryant could be done for year with finger injury that could require surgery.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Wow! That’s a huge loss! He’s played like a top 5 WR the last month or so.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Without him they’re toast.

      Now all we need is for Shanahan to decide not to risk RGII for a couple of games and reduce his offense to Morris and a QB who cannot scare defenses with his option offense.

  9.  TuckThis says:

    I would feel better if the Falcons had won yesterday. I don’t think they’ll lose 2 games in a row. Do I think they’re the best team in the league? No. But they are pretty unbeatable in Atlanta.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I understand that thought and some of me thinks that. But I also kind of think they are fragile mentally from the past few years playoff failures so a loss can mean doubt in their own play.

      Anyways this game is on us. We can play at a level they have yet to play at this year. If we play our A game no matter where the game is played we will win and probably easily. Don’t forget with Washington and Dallas winning the pressure is still on us to win just as much as the NO game. This is when we usually play our best. Especially as underdogs on the road against supposidly better teams.

  10.  kujo says:

    Matt Maiocco ?@MaioccoCSN
    RT @KyleBonagura: Source: Brandon Jacobs is no longer with the #49ers. > Was seen loading box into trunk of car just a few minutes ago.

    •  G-MenFan says:

      If he passes a physical, I think it’s a no-brainer for JR to sign him and release one of the two backs recently added.

      •  Levito says:

        If they cut him, he goes through waivers and someone may claim him. Cowboys or Redskins could take him. As could the Bears.

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