Ahmad Bradshaw vows to play

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Ahmad Bradshaw did not practice Wednesday but the running back said his sore ankle will not stop him from practicing Thursday and playing this weekend.

Bradshaw also said his ankle ailment is not related to the ankle injury he had last year that required surgery in the offseason.

"I plan on practicing this whole year with no setbacks," said Bradshaw, who has been holding a ball high and tight at home and around during practice as self-punishment for fumbling inside the 5-yard line the past two weeks.

Several players joined Bradshaw in sitting out practice Tuesday. Safety Kenny Phillips did not work due to a knee issue. Phillips said the team is just being safe and that he has suffered no setbacks with his surgically repaired knee.

Phillips' knee showing up on the injury report automatically raises eyebrows because of the microfracture surgery he underwent last season.

Coach Tom Coughlin said Phillips described the knee as "tired and sore." Coughlin also said the safety will be limited on Wednesdays for precautionary reasons. Phillips said he will practice on Thursday.

"Just trying to make sure I have no setbacks or anything like that," said Phillips, who played in just the first two games of last year before undergoing the season-ending surgery. "I haven't played ball in a long time so if anything if the legs might get a little fatigued, that is when injuries might occur and that is what we are trying to avoid."

"I didn't take any hits in the game," he added. "I'm OK. There's no pain or anything. Just being safe right now."

Coughlin also said there is no new information on defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka's bulging cervical disk in his neck. Coughlin said the team is still waiting and gathering information after Kiwanuka went to see doctors Monday and Tuesday.

"There will be information forthcoming from the medical people that will tell us what the extent of it is," Coughlin said. "Where the so-called waiting period would end and when a decision would have to be made."

Center Shaun O'Hara, who hoped to practice Wednesday, tried to run Tuesday but Coughlin said it did not go well. The center did not practice Wednesday due to his ankle/Achilles injury that has kept him out of two straight games.

"O'Hara is just a continuing process," Coughlin said. "He did try to run and the results weren't all that good. That remains the same."

O'Hara's replacement, Adam Koets, suffered an MCL sprain against the Bears on Sunday when he got rolled up from behind. Koets did not practice but said he is feeling better each day and is optimistic he will play.

With both centers out, the Giants shifted guard Rich Seubert to center and moved tackle David Diehl to left guard and put Shawn Andrews in at left tackle. Diehl said he will move back to tackle Thursday and Andrews may get reps at guard.

Defensive end Osi Umenyiora did not practice Wednesday with a knee issue, but Coughlin said Umenyiora is expected to return to practice Thursday. Umenyiora's knee swelled up last Friday but he played and had three sacks against the Bears.

Linebacker Keith Bulluck (toe) and fullback Madison Hedgecock (hamstring) also did not practice.

Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com.