Excerpt: "The news was expected, but nevertheless jolting.
The Giants Friday officially ruled out starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw for tomorrow’s showdown against the 11-2 Atlanta Falcons, due to sprained left knee he sustained last week.
Bradshaw, who suffered the injury in the first quarter of the Giants’ win over the Saints, did not practice all week and had his knee heavily wrapped as he watched Friday’s practice session.
“It would have been a reach for him to be ready,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “He thinks come game day it’s all going to straighten out for him. In this case, it’s, medically, really the only wise move.”
It will not be the first time this season the Giants’ backfield will be without Bradshaw — who leads the team in carries (196) and rushing yards (869). The six-year veteran missed the majority of their Week 2 win over the Buccaneers when he suffered a neck injury. Bradshaw also didn’t play against the Panthers four days later.
Without a proven running back behind him, the Giants turned to journeyman Andre Brown. He excelled, rushing 20 times for 113 yards and two touchdowns against the Panthers. But Brown, the victim of a broken fibula in Week 12, is now on the injured reserve list. The rushing load will now primarily fall on rookie David Wilson.
“I always have been preparing, because you never know when your opportunity is going to come and when you’re going to be the guy,” Wilson said." Read more...