Break out the boot.
Ahmad Bradshaw suffered a cracked bone in his right foot while playing against the Dolphins on Sunday and could be out for an extended period of time. Tom Coughlin will address the situation this afternoon.
“He’s had this before and he’s got it again,” Coughlin said on Monday.
Bradshaw has played with stress fractures in his feet before. In 2009, he played in eight of the final nine games with the condition before having it repaired surgically with screws in the offseason. He is said to be mulling in-season surgery this time, although that decision has yet to be made.
In 2009, Bradshaw barely practiced and spent most of the week in a protective boot (or two) to keep pressure off his feet. He missed only one of the final nine games, a road game in Denver. In those eight games he carried the ball 83 times for 323 yards and four touchdowns. That’s a decent 3.9 yards per carry, but only 10.375 carries and 40.375 yards per game.
The Giants’ running offense was already struggling to gain yardage with Bradshaw healthy. He was the leading rusher with 440 yards on 111 carries and five TDs. The Giants’ running offense is averaging only 85.6 yard per game, 30th in the NFL.
With Bradshaw certainly out this week, the Giants will likely turn to Brandon Jacobs to carry the running back load. Jacobs has griped in recent weeks about a lack of carries and was ineffective on Sunday when he fumbled and dropped a pass on his first two touches. He was surly and dismissive after the game, but on Tuesday Jacobs said he was clear-headed and looking forward to contributing to the offense.
The Giants also have D.J. Ware and rookie Da’Rel Scott to work into the rotation. Ware has been the third running back for several years. Scott has not had any regular-season carries, but he did run for 213 yards and two touchdowns on 14 attempts in the preseason. He also has had success at Gillette Stadium. Against the Patriots (and their backups) in the preseason finale he ran for 114 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown run on a fake punt.