Not Ahmad Bradshaw. At least not a lot. Tom Coughlin said he "wouldn't think" that Bradshaw, the backup running back, would step up to take the full load of carries. Bradshaw is dealing with two sore ankles and a cracked bone in his foot that will probably require surgery after the season.

“We’ll utilize the other kids as well,” Coughlin said.

That means D.J. Ware and Gartrell Johnson. Ware, who came into the season as the No. 3 running back and whose return from injury in the middle of the season was ballyhooed as an important piece in the playoff push, has been benched the last two games in favor of Johnson.

“To be honest with you, special teams, when he was back he didn’t do much,” Coughlin said of the decision to bench Ware. “He didn’t provide us with a lot. And Gartrell, when given a chance, flies around.”

Last week, Coughlin said the decision to sit Ware in favor of Johnson was a “Let’s get going kind of move.”

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“We’re trying to make him understand a lot of things about consistency and what our expectation levels are no matter what spot we’re in,” Coughlin said of Ware. “Hopefully he’s going to learn that.”

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