Posted by Andy Benoit
There’s reason to believe the New York Giants could struggle to run the ball against the Houston Texans this Sunday. For starters, the Texans defense is allowing 70.2 yards per game on the ground, second fewest in the NFL. (Granted, that has a lot to do with the fact that opponents can’t wait to throw against Houston’s 32nd-ranked pass defense. But still, DeMeco Ryans and, as of this week, Brian Cushing, pose a formidable challenge to a run game.)
What’s more, the Giants are more banged up than a Bing Crosby stepchild. (That little joke isn’t completely distasteful because everyone knows Crosby is now dead, plus he comes from an era in which step-children were not yet invented.) Running back Ahmad Bradshaw is nursing an ankle injury. Tom Coughlin told reporters before Wednesday’s practice, "Bradshaw is sore. We’re going to see what he looks like -- he’s taped and he went to the jog-through here. He seems to feel a little bit better under that circumstance, but we’ll see.” Bradshaw wound up practicing and should be available all week.
But running with a sore ankle isn’t preferable, particularly when you’re running behind an offensive line in which center Shaun O’Hara is out (ankle), backup Adam Koets is dealing with an MCL issue and offensive tackle Will Beatty is hobbled by a bad foot. (By the way, when Beatty does get healthy, he may have to compete with Shawn Andrews for playing time. The ex-Eagles guard got reps at left tackle on Wednesday. It looks like the Giants are trying to make Andrews their utility backup.)
It’s possible, perhaps even likely, that everyone but O’Hara will take the field for the Giants Sunday. But that doesn’t mean it won’t have been a somewhat trying week at practice.
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