Giants waiting for final word on RB Ahmad Bradshaw's status
As of Friday, every member of the 53-man roster was at least questionable to play in Sunday's uber-important game against the Ravens in Baltimore. That could change Saturday when the team travels down the coast, and there will be some important game-day decisions on banged-up players. But the significance of the game has apparently helped nurse the vast majority of them back to relative health.
Justin Tuck (shoulder) was the only Giant not to participate in Friday's practice. Among those who practiced this week were offensive linemen Chris Snee (hip) and David Baas (shoulder/hip) and, most significantly, running back Ahmad Bradshaw (knee). He was limited in his first workout since spraining his left knee against the Saints two weeks ago.
Coach Tom Coughlin maintains that any decision on Bradshaw's availability would come from the medical staff and Friday he said that Bradshaw has been cleared "provided the progress is continuous." In other words, as long as he has no setbacks or troubles Saturday after his workout.
"We have (Saturday) and we have (Sunday) afternoon," Coughlin said. "(The medical staff) is very hopeful as well."
If Bradshaw plays, the Giants will have their fiery sparkplug back after a flat performance without him last week against the Falcons. Bradshaw said things would have been "different" in that game were he in Atlanta with the team, and he wasn't talking about the five touchdowns he would have scored to counter the Falcons' 34-0 victory. He was talking about the team's attitude.
"We'd love to have him out there," Snee said. "His passion for the game, it rubs off on everyone. Tremendous energy and his physical play inspires people too. I sure hope that he makes the trip down with us and we're running out the tunnel together because his energy is infectious."
The biggest question of the questionables seems to be Tuck, who injured his left shoulder in the Falcons game.
"We're going to have to wait and see on that one," Coughlin said. If Tuck can't play, Mathias Kiwanuka likely would start at defensive end and Adrian Tracy would be moved into the rotation.