EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brandon Jacobs was on the verge of a career day last weekend and barely touched the ball in the second half.
In a game where he was getting 12.9 yards a carry, the big, bruising New York Giants' running back took two handoffs in the second half and scored on one from 28 yards out.
At other times in his six-year career, Jacobs might have been annoyed. Not this time.
Ahmad Bradshaw, of course, is Jacobs' closest buddy on the team. The two running backs are roommates in training camp and they seemingly are always near each other in the locker room.
It's a relationship that has grown despite their ongoing competition to be the Giants' No. 1 running back.
Jacobs had the job for three seasons before losing it this year to Bradshaw, who did not practice on Wednesday because of a wrist injury. He was not listed on the Giants' original injury report earlier in the day and coach Tom Coughlin did not mention him in his press conference before practice, so the extent of the injury is not known.
Jacobs got the No. 1 job back two weeks ago because Bradshaw could not overcome a problem with fumbles. Since the switch, Jacobs has posted some impressive numbers, carrying 22 times for 190 yards and two touchdowns. That's an average of 8.64 yards.
His 103-yard effort against the Washington Redskins on Sunday in a 31-7 win was his 10th career 100-yard game, and his first since Nov. 9, 2008 against Philadelphia. It was just 40 yards shy of his career best of 143 against Buffalo late in the 2007 season.
"I am excited about playing, period," Jacobs said. "I am excited about catching the ball, pass blocking, but I am most excited about running, as a running back is supposed to. I feel really good. I am healthy. I am at the point where this is my sixth year and I just want to win."
That's why he was not concerned about spending most of the second half watching Bradshaw (25 carries for 97 yards) put the final touches on his first 1,000-yard season. He now has 1,013 yards.
Jacobs is relatively fresh though. He has been limited to 100 carries for 577 yards in 12 games, a 5-yard average. The right knee that needed surgery after last season is fine.
Both of Jacobs touchdown runs came after he made cutbacks to find the open field.
"Last year I could not make those cuts," Jacobs said. "Every time I put weight down on one leg it would give out and I'd almost fall and lose momentum going toward defenders. It would end up being nothing. I feel very good right now, knock on wood. I hope it continues feeling that way. I can deal with anything else but the knee."
Diehl, who had never missed a game during his eight years, has been out the past four due to hip and hamstring injuries. He practiced on Wednesday and said he planned to play Sunday.
"I don't think anything else needs to be said," Diehl said.
Smith has been out for four games with a partial tear of his pectoral muscle. He practiced on a limited basis.
"I'm thinking I'm playing," said Smith, who set a franchise record last season with 107 receptions. "The doctors -- I don't know what they're going to say and all -- but going off me, I feel like I'm going to play."
Nicks, who has a team-high nine touchdown catches, has missed the past two games after having a surgical procedure to relieve pressure in his lower leg. He ran for the first time on Monday and took part in 60 percent of the plays in practice.
"My mentality is if I'm practicing, I'm playing," Nicks said.
Pro Bowl center Shaun O'Hara, who has been limited to four games because of ankle and foot injuries, also took part in practice on a limited basis.
"I think as soon as we get some guys back, we are going to hit the ground running like we did before guys got hurt," Jacobs said of the team's five-game winning streak earlier this season. "It's the healthiest at the end of the season who is going to win this thing."
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