Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/4/11

New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw and wide receiver Hakeem Nicks did not practice on Friday, putting their availability in jeopardy for this weekend's game against the New England Patriots.

Bradshaw has a cracked bone in his foot, but sources close to the team say he is downplaying the severity of the injury and intends to be in the lineup on Sunday. That contradicts a report in the Newark Star-Ledger which stated that Bradshaw will be out "at least several" weeks and that surgery is being considered.

Bradford has had surgery on both his feet and ankles in recent years and still has screws in his feet.

The 25-year-old Bradford played through discomfort in last week's comeback win over the Miami Dolphins, finishing with 13 carries for 50 yards. He has 440 yards rushing and five touchdowns this season.

If Bradshaw is on the sideline, Brandon Jacobs will carry the load for the Giants (5-2) when they face the Patriots (5-2). Jacobs has rushed for 126 yards and two scores this season.

Bradshaw isn't the only one dealing with an injury as Nicks was held out of practice for the third straight day with a hamstring injury.

Should Nicks not be able to play, Mario Manningham and Victor Cruz will see a boost in plays.

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