Ahmad Bradshaw eyes Nov. 28 return

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Ahmad Bradshaw missed another practice Thursday and likely won't play Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles, but the New York Giants running back is still aiming for a prime-time return -- in New Orleans.

"I'm comfortable enough to say I'm gonna try to go next week," said Bradshaw, who has missed the past two games with a fractured bone in his foot.

The Giants face the Saints Nov. 28 on ESPN's "Monday Night Football."

Bradshaw, 25, originally suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of the Giants' victory Oct. 30 over the Miami Dolphins. He hasn't played or practiced since.

"I'm getting better every day," Bradshaw said. "We're gonna take it day by day. I have a broken bone, so it takes a while to heal."

Bradshaw continues to ice his foot and rest. He didn't rule himself out of Sunday night's NFC East showdown with Philadelphia, but it seems unlikely he'd play, given his ailment.

"I probably could [test it] now," Bradshaw said. "But I want to rest it as much as I can. Maybe there's a chance I can get out there this week, and maybe not."

Bradshaw said he isn't thinking about surgery at this point. At the time he found out about the injury, his initial thought was it could be season-ending, but that clearly isn't the case.

"I feel good myself. I'm surprised how much progress [I've made]. Time will tell," Bradshaw said. "I'll be fine."

Bradshaw has rushed for 440 yards and five touchdowns on 111 carries. He also has 24 catches for 210 yards and a TD.

Backup Brandon Jacobs will get his third straight start if Bradshaw can't play. D.J. Ware and Da'Rel Scott also could get carries.

Linebacker Michael Boley (hamstring) and left tackle Will Beatty (back) did not practice. Boley also missed practice Wednesday, while Beatty missed practice for the first time this week.

"We hope to see him on the field [Friday]," coach Tom Coughlin said of Beatty.

Rookie cornerback Prince Amukamara (foot) practiced for the first time all season Thursday, and sounds optimistic about potentially making his NFL debut this week.

"I have been getting more reps [in practice], so I'm sure they wouldn't waste reps on anybody," said Amukamara, the Giants' first-round pick. "I'm practicing and preparing like I'm gonna play this week. I'm excited."

Mike Mazzeo is a frequent contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.