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New York Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw, NFL rushing leader, reigns and rests

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Ahmad Bradshaw knows what he’s going to do with his bye weekend.

The Giants running back plans to go to his alma mater, Marshall University, where he undoubtedly will be the “big man on campus.”

That’s not just because he’s playing with the 5-2 NFC East leaders. He’s also tops in the league in rushing, with 708 yards, and is coming off his third 100-yard effort in four games. He’s 24 yards better than Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson, but with six fewer carries (for a very healthy 5.3 yards per attempt).

“There are a lot of great backs in the league,” Bradshaw said yesterday. “Just to be in the mix with these guys, it’s a good thing for me,” Bradshaw said. “I can’t say it’s surprising, just because I know what I can do. But it’s a joy to be up there with them.”

Health has been key. Last year’s stress fractures in both feet and the bone chips in Bradshaw’s left ankle that necessitated offseason surgery have healed, and Bradshaw has hit on all cylinders.

Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride only hopes the 5-foot-9, 198-pound juggernaut remains that way.

“The injury concern ... is still there,” Gilbride said. “He’s as tough as they come to overcome the problems he’s had. I’m holding my breath that he’s going to be able to last the entire year.”

There is, however, the fumble issue. Bradshaw lost his fourth fumble of the season in Dallas. But running backs coach Jerald Ingram thought stewing it over during the bye week might help Bradshaw overcome his Tiki Barber-like problems.

“It’s a learning process that, when you’ve had enough, now you have to do something,” Ingram said. “It’s just, when is that energy going to come together and say, “Hey, that’s an area I really have to focus on.”

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