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Ahmad Bradshaw hopes to return for New York Giants

The New York Giants are considering toting Ahmad Bradshaw to Baltimore whether or not the running back appears healthy enough to play against the Ravens on Sunday. He's no guarantee to suit up.

Bradshaw missed last week's 34-0 loss to the Atlanta Falcons with the sprained knee he suffered against the New Orleans Saints in Week 14. The sixth-year pro didn't practice Wednesday, but insisted he'd be ready this week. Coach Tom Coughlin likes the enthusiasm, but says it's not up to Bradshaw.

"We'd all love to have him play," Coughlin said Wednesday, via the New York Daily News. "But it's going to be a medical decision, it's not going to be mine. I think if the doctors feel that he can play without hurting himself, then I think that very well might be the case. If the doctors don't feel that that's possible then they'll make the decision."

The Giants aren't the same team without Bradshaw, but the emergence of David Wilson helps. The rookie back pumped out 55 yards on 12 carries against the Falcons (on a day when nothing was working) after producing a team-record 327 all-purpose yards against the Saints.

This has been an uneven team all season. The Giants often receive a free pass because of their historical tendency to turn it on down the stretch. That didn't happen against the Falcons, however, and the NFC East has become a three-team dogfight because of the Giants' inconsistency. Having Bradshaw back in the fold can't come soon enough.

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