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Ahmad Bradshaw isn't worried about reinjuring neck

Ahmad Bradshaw celebrates his third-quarter touchdown during a

Ahmad Bradshaw celebrates his third-quarter touchdown during a game against the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. (Sept. 5, 2012) Credit: David Pokress

Ahmad Bradshaw will return from his neck injury Sunday, but how long he'll be able to stay on the field remains uncertain.

Describing his injury as an "inflamed disc" that is "just sitting right on the spinal cord," Bradshaw said he has no more swelling or pain.

"I can't say it won't happen again," he said. "I'm prepared for it, and obviously I can't worry about that."

Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said he won't be able to ease Bradshaw back. "You either can play or you can't play," he said. "As you guys know, he's as physically tough and courageous as there is. If he's going to play, he'll play."

Bradshaw will start for the Giants, Tom Coughlin said Wednesday, and he's practiced fully all week. Andre Brown, who stepped in for Bradshaw while he was sidelined, also has earned snaps.

The Giants likely will hold their breath until Bradshaw takes that first hit and gets up from it. But he won't be worried. "I love it," he said. "I have no symptoms. We'll just wait for the game and wait for that first hit."


No tutus for OsiOsi Umenyiora, who has come up with a number of sharp, witty comments in his career, seemed more impressed than insulted after the Eagles' LeSean McCoy called him a "ballerina in a Giants uniform" in an interview that aired this week. "It was cool," he said. "It was a clean shot. It was all right."

As for whether he will embrace his new nickname, his patience goes only so far. He said he will not be wearing a tutu on the field. "They fine you thousands of dollars" for uniform violations, he said. And ballet slippers are out of the question, too. "The grass is really bad over there," he said. "I'd slip and then I'd look even worse."


Giant stepsDefensive coordinator Perry Fewell said CB Corey Webster made several impressive catches in practice Thursday despite playing with a cast on his broken right hand . . . LB Keith Rivers (hamstring) missed a second straight practice and is unlikely to play Sunday . . . T David Diehl (knee) did some running on the side Thursday but won't be ready to play against the Eagles . . . WR Hakeem Nicks (foot) was limited in his once-a-week practice.

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