Bradshaw won’t have offseason surgery: Now that the countdown to Super Bowl XLVI has officially begun, some of the attention is off Rob Gronkowski’s ankle and turning toward Ahmad Bradshaw’s foot. The Giants RB missed four games this season — including the first meeting with the Patriots — because of a foot injury, but has run well in shared playoff duties with Brandon Jacobs. In Big Blue’s three playoff games, Bradshaw has rushed for 200 yards on 46 carries and added another 95 receiving yards. As for this week, Bradshaw says he’s “ready to go” against New England, which is good news for the NFL Playoff Challenge since he is the most viable running back left on the board. Beyond this year, the veteran out of Marshall says he’ll avoid any offseason surgery, preferring just to get his foot some rest.
Wayne thinks he can still contribute in Indy: Change has been the buzzword around the Colts’ offices in recent weeks, but WR Reggie Wayne hopes that he can be one of the franchise’s mainstays as his career starts to wind down. Wayne told The Indianapolis Star that even as the franchise enters a rebuilding mode, he believes he can still play on the team. Without Peyton Manning in the lineup, fantasy owners watched Wayne’s value fall off a cliff in 2012. Chances are if the veteran receiver does stay in Indy next season, he’ll be catching passes from Andrew Luck. But with so much other uncertainty around the offense, you’ll probably have to look well down most draft lists before Reggie Wayne’s name appears. If he remains a Colt, we’ve likely seen the last of him as a No. 1 fantasy receiver.
Chargers, Jackson want to stay together: If Dan Pompei of the National Football Post isn’t being led astray, the Chargers and WR Vincent Jackson could be renewing their commitment to one another. The good news is that when it comes to a Jackson-Philip Rivers pairing, you know what you’re going to get. The bad news? You know what you’re going to get. This season, the big wideout caught 60 passes for 1,160 yards and nine touchdowns. But a deeper look shows how deceptive those numbers were. Of the nine TD catches, five of them came in two games. Meanwhile, Jackson posted three or fewer catches in 10 games (including two weeks with just one catch apiece). That maddening inconsistency has been a hallmark of his career in San Diego. If he indeed does remain with the Bolts, he will just as likely remain as a low-level No. 1 WR or high-end No. 2.
– Marcas Grant