This is the second in a three-part series, which will run this afternoon and evening, on critical injury situations in the NFC East as Sunday's games get closer. Part II is about New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who now has a sprained knee in addition to the foot and neck problems that were already limiting his practice time this season, and might not be able to play Sunday.
It has generally been a mistake to believe Bradshaw would miss playing time, and he's earned his reputation as perhaps the toughest player on the Giants' roster. But the knee injury limited him severely in Sunday's victory against the Saints, and it's possible it could keep him out of this week's game in Atlanta. Per Ohm Youngmisuk:
"I am not going to speculate -- because of the toughness of this young man -- on how long it would be," Giants coach 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."
Obviously, we watch Thursday and Friday to see whether Bradshaw practices. But this doesn't sound good. If he can't go, rookie David Wilson will take over as the starter. But while Giants fans might think that's fine because Wilson ran for 100 yards against the No. 32-ranked run defense in the league last week, it's no certainty that Wilson can hold up as the starter for a full game, let alone the remaining three games of this still-in-doubt season. Primary Bradshaw backup Andre Brown is already on injured reserve, and the only other backs on the roster right now are Ryan Torain and Kregg Lumpkin.