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Ahmad Bradshaw's status up in the air for Giants

Ahmad Bradshaw of the New York Giants. (undated

Ahmad Bradshaw of the New York Giants. (undated photo) Credit: Getty Images

Ahmad Bradshaw conferred with doctors today on the cracked bone in his foot, but that doesn't necessarily mean he's out for Sunday's game in New England.

At this point, his status is up in the air. But it's entirely likely that whether Bradshaw plays or not, the dissatisfied Brandon Jacobs' carries will rise as a result.

Further than that, however, coach Tom Coughlin was just as much in the dark as the rest of the media, including ESPN, which tweeted that the crack is not considered serious and that he can play if he can handle the pain.

"I really don't know any more than what you've been told," Coughlin said. He's had issues in the past and he has played with a crack or whatever you want to call it in his foot."

Indeed he has. Bradshaw played through a stress fracture in both feet and an ankle sprain in 2009, both of which necessitated offseason surgery. Surgeons implanted screws in the foot fractures, and he came back in 2010 to rush for 1,235 yards and eight touchdowns in 11 starts.

Whether Bradshaw plays or not, Jacobs will get an increased role, according to Kevin Gilbride. The offensive coordinator is expecting a better performance than the four-carry, 10-yard implosion he had last week against the Dolphins, which included a fumble and a dropped pass on his game's first four touches in the second quarter.

"What would be a better opportunity that he's going to get now?" Gilbride said. "He's been clamoring for a chance. The chances is here. This is an opportunity.

"You want to show what you can do. I'm looking forward to seeing the way he plays. I think he's going to respond very well."

The Giants could use that now, if only to control the ball and keep Tom Brady and his high-powered offense off the field.

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