The Giants’ running game has been most effective when using a multiple-back rotation, in which someone can spell bruising Brandon Jacobs. But whether or not the team will have such a luxury come Sunday for its big game against the Cowboys remains in question.
Ahmad Bradshaw, who missed the Thanksgiving Day loss to the Broncos with left ankle and foot problems, sat out a second consecutive day of practice Thursday, leaving his status for the Cowboys game up in the air. Bradshaw did, however, participate in the jog-thru and sprinted a bit, which coach Tom Coughlin said was “encouraging.”
“Tomorrow will be a big day for (him),” Coughlin said.
That basically means it will be a big day for the Giants. They already know they won’t have third-stringer Danny Ware because of a concussion he suffered while filling in for Bradshaw last week. The only other running back on the Giants’ roster is rookie Gartrell Johnson, who has 11 carries for 39 yards. Johnson was picked up on waivers from the Chargers, and he mostly has played on special teams in the six games he has been active.
Depending on Bradshaw’s availability and how they approach the situation, the Giants might have to lean heavily on Jacobs. Problem is, Jacobs has struggled and failed to reach 100 rushing yards in a game this season.