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Ahmad Bradshaw Dealing with Sprained Knee & More from an Afternoon Tea with Tom Coughlin

December 12th, 2012 at 11:30 AM
By Dan Benton

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin took the podium for his weekly press conference on Wednesday in a relatively good mood, although he (as usual) seemed highly focused on the upcoming game against the Atlanta Falcons. But before diving into too much chatter about them, he opted to get injury questions out of the way.

The pre-practice injury report included only eight players, none of whom were surprises. They were Ahmad Bradshaw (knee/foot), Prince Amukamara (hamstring), Tyler Sash (hamstring), Hakeem Nicks (knee), Kenny Phillips (knee), David Baas (shoulder), Jason Pierre-Paul (back), and Travis Beckum (knee).

Of the eight players listed, Coughlin confirmed that Bradshaw, Amukamara and Phillips will not practice. He also said the team needs to slow down with Nicks a bit, but didn't say whether or not he would participate this afternoon.

Coughlin went on to describe the hamstring injury of Prince Amukamara as "tricky," suggesting that "maybe" Antrel Rolle would take over at cornerback this weekend in the event Prince can't go.

News for Bradshaw was equally bad, if not worse. Coughlin confirmed that Bradshaw does have a sprained knee and didn't sound very optimistic about his chances of playing this weekend. However, he praised the running back's toughness and wouldn't definitively declare him out for that reason.

"I won't rule him out of anything. He's a tough son of a gun. I say that with admiration," Coughlin said, adding that it will be up to the medical staff if he plays. "[The decision] will be made in the best interest of the player."

In the event Bradshaw does not play on Sunday, Coughlin expects David Wilson to carry the load with Ryan Torain and Kregg Lumpkin seeing an increased role. He went on to praise Wilson for having an "aggressive, positive attitude." That said, it was obvious Coughlin is no fan of the back-flips.

As far as the game itself and the other NFC East teams keeping pace, Coughlin noted that his team is well aware of how important it is to take care of business.

"They understand it. They feel it and they sense [the magnitude of Sunday's game]," Coughlin said. "What the other teams did [and do] – it's fine and dandy, but we gotta take care of what we do … We're all very much aware of the circumstance we're in. There's not a whole lot of room for margin of error."

Finally, the team announced that safety Stevie Brown, who leads the team with seven interceptions, has been added to the Pro Bowl ballot.

Photo Credit: Mike Gannon

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Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Antrel Rolle, Atlanta, Atlanta Falcons, David Wilson, Football, Kregg Lumpkin, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Prince Amukamara, Ryan Torain, Stevie Brown, Tom Coughlin

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18 Responses to “Ahmad Bradshaw Dealing with Sprained Knee & More from an Afternoon Tea with Tom Coughlin”

  1.  GOAT56 says:

    I looks like no Bradshaw. Even a minor sprained knee might put him out a few weeks. Wilson needs to be ready to lead the way.

    I wonder if we almost have to take him off of kickoffs. Jernigan is not Wilson but he did look good in that one return. Wilson maybe now too valuable to risk on KO returns. Jernigan paired with Hixon or Randle isn’t bad.

    •  Levito says:

      Dunno if it’s worth sacrificing potential field position. There’s plenty of team which use or have used star players to return kicks/punts: Welker, Harvin, DeSean, Westbrook, Dez Bryant…

  2.  rlhjr says:

    The kid has to come of the kick off squad. And Randle and Jernigan can do the kicks. Hixson can do the punts. All is well. I keep telling folks, Randle is the bomb. His only drawback is his attitude. And it’s that attitude that prevents him from fully applying himself to becoming a better player. But you put a football in his hands and the kid is magic.

  3.  GIANTT says:

    So Jernigan will take the first kickoff and if he screws it then Wilson will come in ?
    couple of comments on some previous posts -
    to Chad Jones working out for the Eagles – Ask Steve Smith how that worked out for him , coming back too soon .
    Second , I have to agree with Jim Stoll ( theres something I didnt expect to say after my tirade last week ) I find these week to week rankings a bit annoying and dont mean a d–n thing until after the Super Bowl when you get ONE winner and everyone else is not the winner . Thats the ranking that counts .

    Re this week – Baas has been on the list a few times and has played – I just hope Bradshaws injury list inclusion is not more serious than usual
    Also , I think the biggest inclusion on the list is Prince Amukamara- considering how well hes played , it might be a weakness that Atlanta will exploit

  4.  demo3356 says:

    Yeah Starting RB’s in the NFL do not return Kick offs, so I’d expect to see Jernigen and either Randle or Holsey returning kicks if Braddie is out and Wilson starts. Running backs take enough shots and we cant risk being left with Lumpkin and Torrain as our only two backs

  5.  demo3356 says:

    The Original G Man says:
    December 12, 2012 at 9:26 AM
    David Wilson’s 227 kick return yards were the most by a 100-yard rusher in a game, per the NFL, and the three previous record holders are all in the Hall of Fame: Steve Van Buren, Gale Sayers and Walter Payton.
    ____________________________________________________________________
    Maybe now the drool cup Gm’s on this site will STFU with the is he a bust nonsense..

  6.  demo3356 says:

    And as too the continued bellyaching about cutting Coe.. He just got cut by the team (Dolphins) with one of the weakest groups of corners in the league. What does that tell you all? The Dolphins have had CB issues all season after trading one of their starters to the colts due to him being a locker room problem. They bought Coe in, looked at him fr a month and cut him. JR must have made a BIG mistake cutting him…

  7.  demo3356 says:

    Normally I would be pretty nervous about this game due to the payback aspect for The Falcons. You’d expect them to have this game circled since their Pounding in the Wild Card Round last year, but so far the Giants two biggest beat downs and 2 best games have been vs the 49ers and Packers in similar “Payback” games,

  8.  Levito says:

    Darren Sproles, Jacquizz Rodgers, and Darius Reynaud all return kicks for their teams and are #1 oe #2 RBs. The Eagles used to have Westbrook back there, and even in his later years, he was back there when they really needed a big return.

    Not saying Wilson will, or should be back there. It just happens enough out there, and if the Giants think he’s by far their best option out there, he’ll be back there on Sunday.

    •  demo3356 says:

      Sproles is not feature back he is returner and pass catching back, Rodgers is 2nd or 3rd on depth chart with 2 other quality NFL backs and Westbrook was a punt returner not a kick Returner. No way Wilson is back there if Braddie is out and he is the feature back. Wont even justify the Reyfraud ref as he has ALWAYS been a ST player primarily and is 3rd back behind CJ and another better back.

      •  Levito says:

        Rodgers is 2nd on the depth chart. He’s been getting more and more carries every week. Sproles missed a few games and still is right behind Thomas in terms of touches:

        Michael Turner – 201 touches
        Jacquizz Rodgers – 115 touches

        Darren Sproles – 86 touches
        Pierre Thomas – 123 touches

        Again, not saying it’ll happen, just that it’s not unprecedented. The Giants need all the field position they can get. And even if Wilson doesn’t return a single kick, asking him to “pound the rock al game” isn’t going to work for his size. If Bradshaw doesn’t play Lumpkin/Torrain will have to get more carries. Wilson probably shouldn’t get more than 15.

    •  jfunk says:

      None of those guys but Sproles get #1 RB touches. Sproles’ touches are mostly as a pass catcher.

      Asking a guy (especially a smallish one like Wilson) to pound the rock all game for you and return kicks is a bit much. Especially a guy who still has a fumbling problem until proven otherwise. You want him to take those moments to get his breath and be ready for 1st down.

  9.  fanfor55years says:

    Must say I’m worried about Prince. We need him out there unless we’re about to get a lot better performance from Corey Webster than we’ve seen most of this season. I figured we’d have Prince deal with Jones and let Corey take Big Mouth.

    I’m not crazy about having ‘Trel or Hosley having to deal with one of those two, especially Jones, who can embarrass guys who are smaller than he.

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