EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Ahmad Bradshaw, the Giants' leading rusher, will sit out this week's game against the Falcons due to lingering knee and foot problems. They include a sprained right knee sustained Sunday against the Saints.
"With someone like that and his constitution, he thinks that come game day he'll be fine and be able to play," coach Tom Coughlin said. "But medically, it was the only wise move to keep him out."
With second-leading rusher Andre Brown out with a broken leg, New York will turn to rookie David Wilson. Last week, he returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown, ran for two touchdowns and had a team-record 327 all-purpose yards.
Wilson, who also remain the primary kickoff returner, said he's up for the challenge to run the ball 20 or so times. "Maybe there's a little more anticipation and a little more excitement now," he said. "I think we all had a great week in practice, and we're showing the coaches that we can get the job done. They shouldn't worry if I have to pull it together on Sunday."
Defamation suit: Jonathan Vilma urged a federal judge to reject commissioner Roger Goodell's motion to dismiss the defamation lawsuit filed against him by the Saints linebacker. Vilma's request to U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan argues Goodell acted with "reckless disregard for the truth" when basing initial allegations about Vilma upon one fired Saints assistant, Mike Cerullo, whose testimony has been inconsistent and challenged by other witnesses in the NFL's bounty probe of the Saints.
Bears: Coach Lovie Smith denied a Chicago Tribune report that quarterback Jay Cutler has a sprained ligament in his knee.
Falcons: Receiver Roddy White missed another practice because of a knee injury. He is questionable for Sunday.
Jets: A day after saying Tim Tebow would not be a wildcat quarterback or punt protector, coach Rex Ryan reversed himself. Tebow has missed three games with two broken ribs.
Packers: Linebacker Clay Matthews is expected to return this week from a hamstring injury.
Patriots: Tight end Rob Gronkowski practiced for the first time since surgery for a broken forearm Nov. 19. But profootballtalk.com reported he won't play.
Raiders: Safety Tyvon Branch, whose 57-game streak ended Sunday because of a neck injury, returned to practice. Defensive tackle Richard Seymour, out since Nov. 4 with a hamstring injury, missed practice a day after aggravating it.
Ravens: Linebacker Terrell Suggs, who sat out Sunday with a torn biceps, will be a game-time decision.
Redskins: Quarterback Robert Griffin III, who sprained his right knee Sunday, practiced for the third straight day but was limited. Coach Mike Shanahan said he plans to wait as long as possible before choosing between him and Kirk Cousins.
Saints: Tight end Jimmy Graham said he has dealt with a wrist injury since the preseason. Graham, who has not been listed on the injury report, said he has taped both wrists to hide it from opponents.
Seahawks: Starting corner Walter Thurmond won't play because of a hamstring injury. Receiver Sidney Rice, who sustained a bruised foot Sunday, practiced for the first time this week and is expected to play.
Vikings: Starting corner Antoine Winfield missed practice with a knee injury, but coach Leslie Frazier said he expects him to play.
Fines: Jets defensive lineman Quinton Coples was fined $15,000 for grabbing the face mask of Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne. Giants corner Prince Amukamara was fined $15,750 for a horse-collar tackle of Saints running back Pierre Thomas. Lions tackle Gosder Cherilus was fined $10,000 for a chop block. Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan was fined $10,000 for grabbing Bills running back C.J. Spiller by the face mask. And Bears corner Charles Tillman was fined $7,875 for a late hit on Vikings running back Toby Gerhart.