Injuries won't cost Ahmad Bradshaw, Jayron Hosley much time

Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw (44) watches teammates Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw (44) watches teammates during training camp. (July 28, 2012) Photo Credit: Hans Pennink

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Neither Ahmad Bradshaw nor Jayron Hosley appear to be in danger of missing much time as the preseason begins to wind down and the regular season looms just 16 days from Monday.

Tom Coughlin said Bradshaw suffered a "right hand contusion" that caused him to leave Saturday's game against the Jets after the first series. Bradshaw said he popped a cyst that had been on his hand when it banged against someone's helmet on one of his early runs.

As for Hosley, whose 77-yard interception return was a key play in the win, Coughlin said he is dealing with "a turf-toe kind of an issue." Hosley was wearing a protective boot after the game.

"Hopefully, nothing will turn up in terms of all the tests, and then it's going to be something that is going to be very sore, there's no doubt," Coughlin said. "How he is able to deal with it will indicate how fast he can get back on the practice field."

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Fullback in full effect

One of the few running plays Coughlin was pleased with went only 2 yards, but it could portend big things for the future.

Fullback Henry Hynoski took his first NFL handoff for that short gain on fourth-and-1, a somewhat minor play worth noting. The Giants have not handed the ball off to a true fullback in the regular season since Dec. 21, 2008, when Madison Hedgecock ran for no gain.

"It's something we're slowly working into," Hynoski said of his role in the offense. "I knew if I didn't get a first down, I probably would never get a carry again. I just made sure I did, put my head down and moved forward and got it done."

Coughlin seemed pleased to have Hynoski as an option.

"The short yardage pickup by Henry, although not a lot of distance, was a plus for us," Coughlin said. "We've not always, in the last couple of years, been very good in that area . . . It gave us one more form of a weapon to be utilized in that circumstance."

Giant steps

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Coughlin said LB Mark Herzlich (hip) and DE Adrian Tracy (hamstring) were sore after coming out of Saturday's game. "They need to get back out on the field, and they both know it," Coughlin said. "It's a shame that that happened, especially as quickly as it did [Saturday] night without many reps. I'm hoping they can play through some of this."

. . . Coughlin noted the improvement of rookie RB David Wilson in pass protection, although it wasn't perfect. "He had a nice pass protection pickup," Coughlin said. "He probably should've stayed up and not tried to cut the rusher, but he did. He knew who he had, and he came over with aggressiveness, and so he did understand that aspect of pass protection, which is a good thing."

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