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Giants' Bradshaw could miss another game; Tuck back on field

Ahmad Bradshaw hoped to return to the practice field sometime this week, but after missing the Giants' practices this week with an ankle injury, it's looking more likely that the fifth-year running back will miss his fourth straight game this weekend.

The New York Daily News reported Bradshaw has not practiced this week, as he has struggled to come back from an ankle injury sustained Oct. 30 against the Miami Dolphins. On Friday, The Star-Ledger reported Bradshaw was out again, though he was seen doing light work on the sidelines and riding a stationary bike during the portion of practice open to the media.

The Giants' ground game has suffered mightily without Bradshaw, with backup Brandon Jacobs struggling to produce as the lead back.

Jacobs had 12 carries for a paltry 21 yards in the Giants' Week 11 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and seems to be starting to crack under the intense scrutiny from the New York media and fans.

The Star-Ledger also reported defensive end Justin Tuck was back at practice Friday after appearing on the injured report Thursday with ankle and shoulder injuries. Tuck previously missed time with neck and groin problems.

Right tackle Kareem McKenzie also returned to practice Friday after sitting out a day with a toe injury. Left tackle Will Beatty already has been ruled out for Monday's tilt with the New Orleans Saints after undergoing surgery to repair a detached retina.

The Daily News reported Thursday that David Diehl should move out to left tackle vs. the Saints, while Kevin Boothe will get the start at guard for Diehl.

Wideout Mario Manningham (knee) did not practice Friday, nor did linebacker Michael Boley (hamstring) and defensive back Derrick Martin (hamstring).

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