The Giants may be losing a defensive end, but they seem close to gaining a running back and linebacker.
Both Ahmad Bradshaw and Michael Boley suggested that they are expecting to play on Sunday against the Packers. In Bradshaw’s case, he did more that simply hint at it.
Asked if he would practice this week, the running back turned to his inner Allen Iverson.
“Practice? I don’t think I want to,” he said. “No. I want to be as healthy as I can on Sunday.”
Which of course led to the question of whether there is a shot he’ll play.
“Yup,” he said. “A big shot.”
Bradshaw said he might try to run during the week and could practice a little on Friday. He has not practiced since he cracked a bone in his right foot against the Dolphins on Oct. 30 and has missed the last four games.
“I just want to be healthy towards the end of the week so when Sunday comes there’s not a lot of pain,” he said. “I feel good. I’m planning on playing.”
As for Boley, he was less verbally optimistic but making better physical strides towards a return. He stretched with the team today, did some running with the trainers and other drills.
“Got some striders in, did a little agility work,” he said. “It felt pretty good.”
The Giants have not won a game since Boley was injured in the first half of the 49ers game on Nov. 13. That’s something he’s noticed.
“Anytime when you’re struggling, it makes it worse to watch from the sideline,” he said. “As competitors, you always have it in the back of your mind that maybe I could have done something to help us win. It happens.”
Boley was adamant about not rushing back when he spoke last week. Hamstring issues like his are tough to truly test and there is always the danger of a setback.
“I’m hopeful for this week,” he said. “I’m still trying to take it slow, but I hate watching the TV (and) watching games from the sideline.”