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Ahmad Bradshaw will start, but Tom Coughlin 'reserves the right' to go to Andre Brown

Ahmad Bradshaw runs for a gain in the

Ahmad Bradshaw runs for a gain in the first quarter of a game against the Cowboys. (Sept. 5, 2012) Credit: David Pokress

Ahmad Bradshaw will start at running back for the Giants. Andre Brown will get his share of plays, too. But how will it all balance out?

“At this point in time, it’ll be according to however we plan to use them,” Tom Coughlin said (without elaborating on said plan). “Naturally, we reserve the right (to go with) who has the hot hand. So many times, that’s been Ahmad that’s been in, and certainly that’s helped.”

But now it could be Brown. He’s the one, after all, who has run for 184 yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries in the last six quarters of football. Bradshaw, who played through the first five quarters of the season, had just 94 rushing yards on 22 carries.

“I’ll explain it again,” Coughlin said of the multi-back philosophy. “One year, we had three guys. You know, there’s a long, long way to go, and we’re just happy that we’ve had an opportunity to develop some players and they will all have the chance to contribute.”

Bradshaw, by the way, was practicing today. He seemed to be wearing some bulkier shoulder pads than normal, likely as a way of protecting his neck injury.

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