The New York Giants are already prepared to take on a familiar face in wide receiver Hakeem Nicks this coming Saturday, but as gameday inches closer and closer, it's beginning to appear as if they'll meet another old friend as well.
Indianapolis Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who underwent offseason surgery to repair a bulging disc in his neck, recently told The Herald-Bulletin that he's ready to test his neck in live game action and could return as early as this weekend to face his former team.
"I plan on going this game or the next," Bradshaw said. "Just to get the feel. I think I have played long enough to understand the game. It's just getting out there and getting the feel of the motions and the game-time speed. I also want to get out and test, if possible, my neck. But, like I said, I think I have tested it enough in practice. I've hit guys, I've stood in there and blocked and I just want it to heal as much as possible and not take the unnecessary stuff."
It's a situation that sounds eerily similar to that of running back David Wilson, who was forced into retirement earlier this month as a result of a lingering neck issue of his own. However, Bradshaw says,
"I am very confident, and I just want to heal as much as possible," Bradshaw said. "There are not a lot of guys that have been through neck surgeries and a year later they are playing football again, especially at my position. Right now, as we speak, I am as confident as anything going in. I don't think about my neck at all playing, and I am just shooting forward from here on."
Bradshaw spent the first six years of his career with the Giants, appearing in 84 games with 921 carries for 4,232 yards and 32 touchdowns.
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