Giants RB Bradshaw looks to be ready vs. Ravens

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm •  Published: December 21, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Ahmad Bradshaw took part in practice on a limited basis Friday, and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said he was encouraged about having the running back for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Bradshaw, the team's leading rusher, sat out last week's 34-0 loss at Atlanta after spraining his left knee a week earlier in a win over New Orleans.

"He looked OK," Coughlin said Friday. "As long as he continues to progress the way he has, he should be able to go. He brings a lot to the table in terms of fire and energy. Those are the most important factors. Knowing him, I am not surprised that he's made his way back."

Bradshaw has 869 yards and five touchdowns this season, and has been battling a foot injury throughout the season, but the left knee injury knocked him out of the lineup. He put on shoulder pads and headed out to practice Friday for the first time in nearly two weeks. He's listed as questionable.

The Giants, Redskins and Cowboys are in a first-place tie in the NFC East at 8-6.

"He's a vital member of this team," guard Kevin Boothe said. "He's our physical, fiery leader. Whenever you get a chance to get him out there, it's good for the team."

Added tackle Will Beatty: "Having 44 out there practicing with us is great. "We just have to make sure he can play Sunday. He knows his own body and knows what he can do. As long as he's healthy, it's all about having him ready. Having him back and healthy is a good feeling."

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