Ahmad Bradshaw of the New York Giants. (undated photo)

Ahmad Bradshaw of the New York Giants. (undated photo) Credit: Getty Images

The Giants could get some much-needed reinforcements Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw and linebacker Michael Boley took big steps Friday toward returning to play.

Both players participated on a limited basis in practice and are officially listed as questionable. Bradshaw, however, declared in the locker room after practice that he plans to be on the field Sunday.

"I'm ready to go, man," Bradshaw said.

The practice was Bradshaw's first since he suffered another stress fracture in his right foot against the Dolphins on Oct. 30. Bradshaw had a team-high 440 yards rushing before his injury, including the only 100-yard rushing game the Giants have this season, 104 yards against Buffalo. The Giants have totaled only 195 yards rushing (2.87 yards per carry) in the most recent three games of the four Bradshaw has sat out.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin was a little more cautious when discussing Bradshaw's situation, saying the decision will depend on what doctors have to say and how Bradshaw feels Saturday.

"He did OK. He went and worked. He's telling me all the things I want to hear," Coughlin said.

Boley, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury suffered against the 49ers on Nov. 13, practiced for the second straight day Friday. He said he is feeling good but shied away from handicapping his return.

"I'm not going to say it's guaranteed, but I was able to get some good work in," Boley said. "I'm still taking one day at a time."

Manningham doubtful

In less rosy injury news, WR Mario Manningham (right knee) did not practice and is listed as doubtful. Manningham said the knee doesn't feel right when he runs. DE Osi Umenyiora and LB Mark Herzlich will sit out the game with ankle injuries . . . WR Victor Cruz (hip), DB Derrick Martin (hamstring), WR Hakeem Nicks (ribs, concussion), DE Justin Tuck (ankle) and S Antrel Rolle (back) are probable . . . The Packers will be without starting inside linebackers Desmond Bishop and A.J. Hawk, both of whom have calf injuries.

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