Ahmad Bradshaw gets X-rays

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J -- Ahmad Bradshaw battled a foot injury to return to the New York Giants game in the fourth quarter, with the Giants down 17-13 to the winless Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium.

His return was in time to contribute to the drive that led to Victor Cruz's winning touchdown with 6:06 left to play in the game, and the Giants preserved the lead for a 20-17 win. Afterwards, Bradshaw said the X-rays didn't show any structural damage.

"I've got a screw in my right fifth metatarsal two Februaries ago and I think the head of it is just aggravated right now," Bradshaw said. "I think it will be fine."

The running back initially went into the locker room to get X-rays on his right foot during the third quarter. His return was listed as questionable. At the time, Miami led 17-10.

Bradshaw returned to the sideline late in the third, and had his ankle re-taped under the eye of the Giants medical staff, but then was taken back into the locker room as the fourth quarter was about to begin.

Before the injury, the running back had 39 yards on 10 carries, and caught four passes for 31 yards. He has had a history of foot pain, and has undergone surgeries on his ankles and feet to try to alleviate the issue.

Brandon Jacobs took over at running back. Jacobs was booed intermittently, likely for a poor performance and in the wake of a magazine article in which he said he didn't expect to be a Giant next season.

Jane McManus is a columnist and reporter for ESPNNewYork.com.