New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw will meet with doctors to determine the extent of a foot injury that could keep him out of this week’s game against the New England Patriots, coach Tom Coughlin said.
Coughlin said today he doesn’t know if Bradshaw, the Giants’ leading rusher with 440 yards and five touchdowns this season, will need surgery.
“He has had issues in the past and he has played with a crack or whatever you want to call it in his foot,” Coughlin told reporters after practice. “He has played that way in the past and we don’t know what the determination will be just yet. We will wait and see.”
Bradshaw, who is also fifth on the team with 210 yards receiving, didn’t participate in today’s practice. The Giants visit the Patriots on Nov. 6, the first meeting between the teams since New York’s Super Bowl win after the 2007 season.
“The guys that are practicing are going to go out there and perform as if the responsibility will be theirs,” Coughlin said, referring to Brandon Jacobs and Danny Ware.
Bradshaw has told teammates he will miss at least two weeks, the Star-Ledger reported today, citing a person familiar with the situation who requested anonymity. Corrective surgery could keep him out for the rest of the season, the newspaper said.
“We will have to see,” Coughlin said. “I am not going to speculate what the doctors are going to decide or say because I don’t know.”
Jacobs is the Giants’ second-leading rusher, with 126 yards and two scores on 42 carries this year. Last week, Jacobs told Men’s Fitness magazine that the Giants have misused him and that he would like to play somewhere else next season.
“He is working hard and that is the only thing I have noticed,” Coughlin said when asked whether he’s seen a difference in Jacobs this week. “He has been good in meetings and around the players.”