MINNEAPOLIS - Giants fans could have used an anesthesiologist to dull the pain of these last two weeks. But several Giants will be going under this week as they have surgeries to repair various ailments.
Brandon Jacobs will have a partially torn meniscus in his right knee scoped and defensive end Justin Tuck will have surgery to repair a labrum tear in his right shoulder that he suffered in Week 2. Fullback Madison Hedgecock (shoulder) and rookie receiver Hakeem Nicks (wrist) also will get the scalpel.
But the player getting the most O.R. attention will be running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who will have surgery to repair cracked bones in the fifth metatarsals of both feet as well as a procedure to remove bone spurs from an ankle, an injury that has plagued him since college. Remarkably, Bradshaw managed to play most of the game Sunday and has played most of the season, missing only one game.
Bradshaw has not practiced in two weeks, however, and spent most of the season working only once a week. For a guy who makes his living being quick on his feet, it was a difficult and trying year.
"He's a fiery competitor; he wants to play," Tom Coughlin said of Bradshaw, who finished with 778 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 163 carries. "If the kid could ever practice . . . how do you know exactly what you would have? We've seen him do outstanding things, but this year has been very difficult for him."
Jacobs was put on injured reserve this past week, ending his quest for a 16-game season as a starting running back.
Tuck suffered his injury early in the season when Cowboys tackle Flozell Adams leg-whipped him in Dallas, sending him to the ground on his right shoulder. He played the rest of the season with a harness that supported the shoulder but also limited his movement and his repertoire of moves on the line.
According to reports on ESPN, Tuck played at about 50 percent of his regular strength in the weeks immediately after the injury and at about 75 percent for the rest of the season. He also sat out a practice this past week with a knee injury.
Tuck is notoriously hesitant about surgery. Last year, he considered offseason surgery to repair a foot injury but ultimately decided against it.