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Broken foot of Giants RB may create hole for backup

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Giants running back Brandon Jacobs might get those extra carries he has been asking for.

Starter Ahmad Bradshaw has a broken bone in his right foot, and his status for Sunday's game against the Patriots is uncertain. That means disgruntled Jacobs could carry more of the load.

Coach Tom Coughlin disclosed Thursday that Bradshaw has a stress fracture.

"In the past he has played with the crack or whatever you want to call it, a stress crack in his foot," Coughlin said of Bradshaw, who missed his second straight day of practice. "He has played that way in the past. I don't know what the determination is just yet. We'll have to wait and see."

Bradshaw, who has rushed for 440 yards and five touchdowns, broke the bone Sunday against Miami. He is expected to consult with a doctor this week.

Jacobs lobbied for more carries last week after missing two games with a knee injury.

"First off, I want to be able to go out and help the team as much as I can, go out and perform to the best of my ability, and when the opportunity is given to me to take advantage of it," Jacobs said.

Manning still hopes to return this season

INDIANAPOLIS — Peyton Manning and Jim Irsay agree on one thing: The Manning Era isn't over in Indianapolis.

The quarterback said he hopes to return to practice this year and still holds out hope of playing if doctors say he is healed from his Sept. 8 neck surgery. Irsay, the team owner, said he hopes Manning has some good years left in his right arm.

"I think to say that Peyton is done and the era is over is, to me, way, way too premature," Irsay said. I've always sort of known that era would be decided when Peyton is here. But I don't feel like that era is done."

Manning said he misses playing. "If I get cleared to play and I'm good enough, would I play? Absolutely," he said.

Broncos: Running back Willis McGahee was able to carry the ball in both hands and said his broken right hand shouldn't hinder him vs. Oakland on Sunday.

Browns: Running back Peyton Hillis (strained left hamstring) was able to run and cut without difficulty at practice and intends to play at Houston on Sunday.

Cardinals: Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb said his injured right toe feels "a lot better" and neither he nor coach Ken Whisenhunt would rule him out against the Rams on Sunday. Still, Kolb did not practice for the second day in a row, leaving a possibility that John Skelton could start.

Seahawks: Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (strained chest muscle) was limited in practice but said he has improved and expects to play Sunday at Dallas.

Texans: Coach Gary Kubiak hasn't ruled out using Andre Johnson (hamstring) against Cleveland on Sunday, though the receiver missed his second straight day of practice.

Broken foot of Giants RB may create hole for backup 11/03/11 [Last modified: Thursday, November 3, 2011 11:07pm]
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