It wouldn't be the day after a game if Ahmad Bradshaw wasn't being tested for something. The running back is perpetually dinged up, but for the most part he continues to play in games (although with little practice).
He's had painful neck, hand and foot injuries to deal with this season so far, but now he's dealing with an injury that could be more serious -- his left knee.
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Bradshaw was having MRIs and "all those types of things," as Tom Coughlin called them, on the knee he injured in the first half of the Saints game. He was examined during the game and returned to the field, but he was very limited as David Wilson took on the brunt of the running back job. Coughlin said on Sunday night that Bradshaw probably could have returned to the game, but on Monday - while Bradshaw was undergoing tests -- he changed course.
"Any time you are talking about a knee and you're going through a series of tests, you're better off to wait and see what the results are," Coughlin said. "I wouldn't speculate on anything right now."
The Giants have long been impressed by Bradshaw's toughness.
"We always say that we love blocking for him, we love being around him every day and seeing what he plays through," guard Chris Snee said. "I have the most respect for that man and what he gives us, what he brings to the table every week . . . It's not my body so I can't tell you how much he's in pain, but he clearly is. And he plays every Sunday."
If he doesn't play this week, at least the Giants are confident in Wilson. He ran for 100 yards on Sunday, becoming the third Giants running back to do that this season. That's the first time the Giants have had three different 100-yard rushers in the same season since 2007, Bradshaw's rookie year.
"The timing is great for David to come to the front and he'll hopefully provide us with the spark we need right now, along with the rest of our players, to give us an added playmaker that people are going to flat-out have to defend," Coughlin said.
Another injury the Giants will be monitoring is Prince Amukamara, who strained his hamstring late in the game. He was replaced by Jayron Hosley. If he's unable to play against the Falcons, that could be an issue as Atlanta has two top-tier wide receivers in Julio Jones and Roddy White.
"We're going to have to see where he's at," Coughlin said. "He's been treated and he'll continue to be treated. We just have to see the severity of it as we go along this week."
Speaking of dynamic wide receiver combos, the Giants' own duo had some injuries on Sunday too. Victor Cruz missed a few snaps with a shoulder injury. "I think he'll be fine," Coughlin said. And Hakeem Nicks had X-rays and re-aggravated his knee when he landed on it.
Like Bradshaw, playing hurt is nothing new for Nicks this season.
"He's going to continue in the same capacity that he's been in," Coughlin said. "I wish that he would have an opportunity to play after no longer having any issues, but that's not going to be the case this year. I think he continues to be monitored throughout the season pretty much on a weekly basis. There's nothing unusual about that."
Coughlin did like what he saw from Nicks against the Saints.
"I thought he had some plays in the game last night that showed real quickness, similar to what we're used to," he said. "It's not there all the time. He does have these issues that are going to be with him throughout the rest of the year."