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Reports: Ahmad Bradshaw Has a Cracked Bone in His Foot

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19:  Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants runs the ball against the St. Louis Rams at MetLife Stadium on September 19, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ahmad Bradshaw Ahmad Bradshaw.

You'll recall that Ahmad Bradshaw injured his foot during Sunday's game against Miami, but returned to the field in the fourth quarter. Multiple reports today, however, say that Bradshaw has a cracked bone in his foot. But what exactly does this mean?

Well, we don't really know yet. ESPN, for example, is reporting that he "should play Sunday":

A source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that the injury is not considered serious and that Bradshaw "should play Sunday" against the Patriots. The source said that surgery will not be necessary, and coach Tom Coughlin said no decision has been made regarding the need for surgery at some point.

But the Star-Ledger reports that it could be a couple of weeks, at least, until he returns:

It's unclear at this point how long Bradshaw will be sidelined, though the person informed of Bradshaw's injury said he's been telling his teammates he might only be out for two weeks. However, if he undergoes surgery, the timetable will be longer - perhaps the whole season.

And then there's the Daily News, whose team source says he'll be out "several weeks, at least" and won't play Sunday.

So for now, we'll have to wait and see how bad it is. But needless to say, this is hardly a good time for the Giants to be dealing with uncertainty in their running game. They're about to begin a brutal part of their schedule, and even with Bradshaw they've struggled with their running game this season. (They rank 30th in the NFL in rushing yards per game.) You know how Brandon Jabobs hasn't been happy with how many carries he's been getting? Well, he could be seeing more playing time now, depending on Bradshaw's health. Which would be good news for him, but not necessarily for his team.

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