November 03, 2011
So yeah, as the headline suggests, this Ahmad Bradshaw(notes) situation is a mess, and it's still developing. There's no clear answer just yet, except to add Brandon Jacobs(notes) wherever you can. Here's what we think we know, as first reported by the Star-Ledger's Mike Garafolo, and later confirmed by many others:
Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw suffered a cracked bone in his foot during Sunday's game against the Dolphins and is out indefinitely, according to someone informed of Bradshaw's health status.
The person, who requested anonymity because the Giants haven't provided full details on Bradshaw's injury, said the fifth-year veteran is mulling whether to have corrective surgery. Bradshaw has had similar issues with both feet and ankles in recent years and has undergone surgery to insert screws into his feet.
You'll recall that Bradshaw left the Miami game briefly for X-rays, but later returned. Garafolo's report on Thursday indicated that Bradshaw would likely miss two weeks, but might also opt for surgery that could cost him the season.
But not long after the initial news broke, ESPN's Adam Schefter complicated matters with this tweet:
Person familar with Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw's injury texted this: "Not serious injury - should play Sunday. No surgery (needed)."
And then there's this from Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News:
Could Ahmad Bradshaw play Sunday, as some reports suggest? "As far as I know, that's not out of the question," says Brandon Jacobs.
So we can't yet rule out Bradshaw for Week 9, and we can't rule out the possibility of season-ending surgery, either. Jacobs has been clamoring for more opportunities, despite dealing with a knee injury, and he's clearly about to get 'em. Even if Bradshaw is available to face the Patriots in Week 9, the team will need to manage his workload. Sure, Bradshaw has played with fractured feet and bad ankles before, but it's still an obvious concern. You saw the blurb up above: His feet held together with metal fasteners.
DJ Ware(notes) could see an uptick in workload, too, though he's not exactly a big-play machine. The longest carry of his NFL career went for 14 yards; his big highlight this season was when the Seahawks dropped him for a safety (not that Ware was at fault on the play). I'm not so sure that Jacobs can handle a full workload if Bradshaw misses time, so, for now, I'll rank him no higher than the 16-20 range. Ware seems like a Hail Mary.
And in any case, the Giants are going to need to pass all day in order to keep up with New England, so we may not see any running back emerge as particularly useful. Did we mention that Hakeem Nicks(notes) is looking like a game-time decision? No? Well, he is. When there's finally some good news to report on the Giants, we'll be sure to let you know.
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