Ahmad Bradshaw said he will “definitely” give it a go next week for the Saints game and he hasn’t ruled himself out of playing against the Eagles on Sunday night.
“I feel great, man. I’m getting better every day,” the running back said in his first comments since fracturing a bone in his right foot against the Dolphins on Oct. 30. He’s missed the last two games and has not practiced, but clearly he feels he is close to a return.
Asked when he thinks he might return to the field and test his foot out, Bradshaw said: “I probably could now.”
Bradshaw was not at practice today. He was not wearing any visible protection on his foot like a boot or a walking cast today and appeared to be walking without any pain or discomfort.
“I want to rest it as much as I can,” he said. “Maybe there’s a chance I’ll get out there this week, maybe not … We’re going to take it day by day, I feel good this week, and next week is a different story. I think I’ll be able to jump back and at least use all my weight on my foot.”
Bradshaw said he has a crack in the bone where he had a screw inserted following the 2009 season. “It looked like I got rolled up on,” he said of the play on which he was injured. “I didn’t feel it at the exact moment, I felt it when I was running off the field. I run on the outside of my feet so that puts more weight on the bones on the outside of my feet so there’s a better chance of fracturing it.”
Bradshaw said he doesn’t not know if he’ll need another surgery, but he said he expects to play through this injury for the rest of this season. When it happened, he said, he was worried that it would be a season-ender.
“At first I was devastated with the fracture and not thinking I was going to be able to get out there,” he said. “As it’s going now I’m able to walk on it and do a lot of different things on it in the pool.
“I’ve surprised myself with how much progress I’ve (made),” he said.