Bradshaw visits a foot and ankle specialist

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw was not in practice Wednesday because he was flying to North Carolina to meet with noted foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson. Bradshaw's been spending part of the week in a boot since tweaking his foot/ankle injury in Week 3 against the Bucs.

It's part of a growing trend among NFC East running backs. Clinton Portis hasn't looked like himself this season while fighting through a variety of injuries and the Eagles' Brian Westbrook is suffering from a concussion and a knee injury. In Dallas, Felix Jones finally appears to be 100 percent, but starter Marion Barber is still not himself because of a quadriceps injury.

I think Bradshaw will play against the Eagles on Sunday, but his absence would put the Giants in a bind. The Eagles' defense has been solid against the run, and starter Brandon Jacobs is having a down season. With Bradshaw possibly hobbled, the Giants need Danny Ware back in the lineup. Ware brings a speed element that Jacobs doesn't have.