New York Giants backup running back Ahmad Bradshaw will continue to play this season despite having a cracked bone in his right foot.
Bradshaw has seemingly known about the injury since the spring, but he just disclosed the injury Thursday, one day after going to North Carolina to be examined by foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson.
Anderson's diagnosis was the same as the one that Bradshaw received from the Giants' physicians -- he has a cracked fifth metatarsal. It's a bone that runs along the outside of the foot between the ankle and the toes.
"It's a cracked bone in my foot and on the outside of my foot, which is probably the easiest bone to break," Bradshaw said. "There is a chance of it breaking all the way through the bone. Even if it does, Iâll have to get surgery then."
Bradshaw, who said he cushions his foot during games and finds that running hard is the best way to protect himself, hopes he can finish the season without the injury growing worse. His next test will come Sunday in an NFC East showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles.
A slashing runner who plays behind starter Brandon Jacobs, Bradshaw has been dealing with two injuries this season. The third-year pro also has been bothered by a right ankle probem that dates to his college days at Marshall.
Bradshaw has worn a protective boot on his right foot since the third game of the season and usually not practiced on Wednesdays and Thursdays. He takes a limited amount of snaps on Friday.
"When the game is going on, I can't feel it," said Bradshaw, who's averaging 5.7 yards per run this season. "A lot of adrenaline is pumping, and you just never know. I felt a lot of pressure going through the game, but it was never a factor."
Bradshaw said the ankle problem resulted from "an old fracture."
"It was never taken care of," he said. "That is just how it grew over with a couple of bone spurs and a couple of loose bones in there. It just heals like that. It is just a lot of pain. Other than that, it doesn't slow me down at all."
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Bradshaw will receive rest, treatment, rehabilitation and immobilization on the days that he doesn't practice. Even with that, Bradshaw acknowledged that he probably will need surgery after the season ends.
"It all depends on the bone and how it is in my foot," Bradshaw said. "I just plan on going out there and giving it my all, and if it breaks, it does. I'll get surgery. If not, I'll wait to the end of the season, and hopefully at the end, I wonât need it, but more then likely, I plan on having surgery."
Notes: Giants DT Chris Canty, who hasn't played since the season-opening victory over the Washington Redskins because of a calf injury, and LB Michael Boley, who had arthroscopic knee surgery Oct. 6, took part in individual practice drills Thursday. ... CB Aaron Ross, who hasn't played this season because of a hamstring injury, didn't practice. LB Antonio Pierce was limited with an ankle injury. ... OT Kareem McKenzie, who missed last weekend's game with a groin injury, fully practiced.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.