Ahmad Bradshaw practiced with his teammates Thursday after not doing so Wednesday, and the New York Giants' running back says he's fine and ready to go Sunday against the Washington Redskins. Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Wednesday that the foot injury that kept Bradshaw out of practice was the same kind of injury with which he'd dealt in previous seasons, but Bradshaw said Thursday that was not the case.
"No," Bradshaw said Thursday, according to quotes released by the team. "I think I just got stepped on in the game and just hurt the bone a little bit, but I'm cool."
Bradshaw is a tough player, and determined to prove this season that he's capable of handling a full starting running back's workload. The 30 carries he got two weeks ago against Cleveland and the 27 he got Sunday in San Francisco are the two highest single-game carry totals of his career. If the Giants are concerned about the possibility that his feet are bothering him again, it's possible they could cut back that number of carries this week and in the weeks to come -- especially with Andre Brown back from his concussion and joining David Wilson as a potentially productive backup. But Bradshaw does not favor such a plan.
"Definitely, I'm always up for it," Bradshaw said. "I take pride in it. Anytime I can try to carry this team as much as I can, I'll do it. If they want to put it on my back, I'll take it."