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Ahmad Bradshaw misses second straight practice for Giants

New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw, top,

New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw, top, leaps over Washington Redskins free safety Madieu Williams (41) for a first down during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants won the game 27-23. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Credit: AP

Tom Coughlin said last week that he didn’t want Ahmad Bradshaw to go back to being a once-a-week guy in practice. Now it seems like the Giants will be lucky if they get him once this week.

The starting running back was sidelined for the second straight practice with a foot injury that occurred late in the 49ers game. He played through it against the Redskins, but has since been on the exercise bike for the two practices leading up to Sunday’s game against the Cowboys.

Asked about Bradshaw yesterday, Coughlin seemed more resigned to not having Bradshaw available for every workout.

“This is the second week (he’s missing practices) and he clenches his teeth and goes and does it,” Coughlin said on Wednesday, “but the fact of the matter is if we have to adjust, we have to adjust.”

If Bradshaw cannot play against the Cowboys, the Giants would turn to backup Andre Brown, who stepped in for Bradshaw earlier this year and played well. Brown ran for 71 yards when he was pressed into action against the Bucs in Week 2 and 113 the following week against the Panthers. On the season he has 215 rushing yards on 43 carries with four touchdowns.

Sunday’s game could turn into a battle of backup running backs. Although he has not been ruled out, no one expects Cowboys starter DeMarco Murray (foot) to be able to play on Sunday. His backup, Felix Jones, is also injured. He missed yesterday’s practice with a knee injury suffered late in the game against the Panthers on Sunday, but is expected to be ready for the game against the Giants. Behind Jones is Phillip Tanner and rookie Lance Dunbar.

“We like all of our backs and we will get them ready,” Jason Garrett said yesterday. “You never know when your number will be called. We have to make sure guys like Tanner and Dunbar are ready. We know they will be.”

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