New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw has a sprained knee. It's an injury that, although players at other positions may be able to push through, can prove to be debilitating for a running back. The exceptional levels of pressure that a running back places upon his knees throughout a game make it incredibly challenging to stay productive with an sprained knee.
Bradshaw garnered only 11 carries for 33 yards in Sunday's blow out of the New Orleans Saints. Although it was the seventh time this season that the veteran tailback has received 15 carries or less in a game, the Giants found their ground production from elsewhere in Week 14.
Rookie David Wilson exploded onto the scene with 100 rushing yards, including a game sealing 52-yard scamper in the fourth quarter. However, for the Giants rushing attack to be at full strength this weekend, Big Blue needs a productive Ahmad Bradshaw in the lineup.
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said that Bradshaw may be the one player on the Giants capable of playing through such an injury.
"I am not going to speculate — because of the toughness of this young man — on how long it would be," Coughlin said. "He is very positive about it and definitely wants to get back as fast as he can. I am not going to rule him out of anything. I am not going to talk about the percentages or anything like that. You can speculate on that knowing full well what the injury is."
The full extent of Bradshaw's knee sprain has not been disclosed. However, the Buffalo Bills have just shut down running back Fred Jackson for the season due to a Grade 2 sprain of the MCL. Furthermore, fellow Giants Hakeem Nicks and David Diehl have both missed time this season with MCL injuries as well. Again, we do not know if that is the specific injury Bradshaw has sustained, but we do know that players with a sprained knee normally miss some time.
It's a long shot that Bradshaw plays this weekend. Given his injury history, the Giants will likely err on the side of caution and see if David Wilson can carry the load on offense. Barring a miraculous recovery, it's unlikely Bradshaw would be able to be productive anyway.
However, it's impossible to to understand just how much toughness, grit and heart No.44 gives to this team. He's an undersized, yet incredibly physical player with the ability to make big plays for the offense. If there is anybody that can play through this injury, it's Ahmad Bradshaw.
Stay tuned to Giants 101 for further updates regarding the Giants injury report as the team prepares for the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
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