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New York Giants’ Ahmad Bradshaw Feels “Great” After Stem Cell Injection

March 21st, 2012 at 6:31 AM
By Dan Benton

It was reported back in early March that New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw underwent a "non-surgical procedure" on his fractured right foot. Last week, teammate Prince Amukamara underwent a similar procedure; one that as described as an "injection." As it turns out, these injections were stem cell injections aimed as speeding up the healing process.

“I got the stem cell injection on my right foot that I re-fractured and it feels great. I feel like I can come out this next season and be ready for whatever they give me," Bradshaw said.

The stress fracture in Bradshaw's right foot, which was operated on prior to the 2011 season, caused him to miss four games and a whole lot of practice last season. He also saw his carries per game dwindle from an average of 17.25 to 14.25.

With the departure of Brandon Jacobs, a healthy Bradshaw is now poised to see his workload increase significantly in 2012-2013, but that's not something he's focusing on…yet. He and Jacobs have a strong bond, and AB undoubtedly feels like he's losing a brother.

“I wouldn’t want him to leave for nothing,” he said. “Whatever he does, whatever decisions are made, it’s all business and I can’t do anything about it … if he does leave, I just hope he has a successful rest of his career.”

There remains a glimmer of hope for Jacobs, however. There have been rumbling of late that B-Jac could possibly return to the Giants on a one-year deal, and that a jersey change (to #29) is in order. Whether or not that comes to fruition remains to be seen, but a source recently shared these words with Giants 101 as it relates to Jacobs: "Once a Giant, always a Giant."

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32 Responses to “New York Giants’ Ahmad Bradshaw Feels “Great” After Stem Cell Injection”

  1.  Krow says:

    Tolbert signs for $10 mil over 4 years.

    How depressed is the RB market? Unless you’re one of the top handful you get peanuts.

    We pay our punter more than Tolbert got. Amazing !!!

  2.  Mark Brown says:

    Guess I’m no longer MarBro456. Can’t seem to get signed in with that name, so had to use facebook to sign in.

    •  jfunk says:

      Create an account on SportsMedia101.com and then use that to sign in with. You can select whatever “screen name” you want to display, doesn’t have to be your sign in name.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      We’ve posted several messages and sent several e-mailing saying we were switching the sign in process. Create a new universal SM101 account. Takes a minute or so.

  3.  f0xlin says:

    Eagles got an absolute steal! 4th rounder for Demco Ryans. Huge upgrade for their LB’ers

    •  giantsfan says:

      Soon, the idiots will predict the sheagles to take the division.

      Though, truth be told, 5 of their 8 total wins came against div foes.

      •  giantsfan says:

        That really is a steal. How the eff did they do that?

        •  jfunk says:

          He hasn’t been the same since his injury a couple years back and he was not comfortable in the 3-4 defense last year.

          Houston couldn’t keep him at $6M to be a mediocre player at an easy to fill position (3-4 ILB).

  4.  f0xlin says:

    If Tebow goes to the Jets, Rex should really ride a mini bike around the stadium week one dressed as a bear

  5.  JimStoll says:

    hard to believe too strongly in AB’s future health given his 5 year track record; but at least you know he will give everything he’s got, plus a little extra, injuries or no

    as for Jacobs coming back, I suppose it is an OK idea since he can pass protect, knows the system, and at 6+ carries a game his propensity to be injured drops dramatically; but there is nothing about his running that excites any longer

    unless Andre Brown or Scott has demonstrated something in practice that we as haves have yet to see, they really need to try and find a gem somewhere between the 3d and the 5th

    •  Krow says:

      We could have zero at RB if Bradshaw gets hurt. Right now it’s him … then the underwhelming Danny Ware … a second year guy whose career stats are 5 carries, two receptions, and a fumble … and the injured wildcard Andre Brown.

      I know we’re drafting someone … but that’s a total crapshoot.

      This is potentially a mess, and I hope Reese has plan that doesn’t include Bradshaw at 25 carries a game.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        I don’t think drafting let’s say a 3rd round RB is a crapshoot. RBs usually don’t end up total busts unless they get injured. At worse a “bust” will be Ware like which is not what we are looking for but still services a purpose. At best we draft a real #1 and Bradshaw can go back to being Robin.

        •  Krow says:

          There’re no guarantees in the draft. This is why Reese always goes with the proverbial ‘best available athlete’. He doesn’t reach. There has to be a RB still on the top of our draft board when a selection comes up or he’s not pulling the trigger.

          Maybe they see something in Scott or Brown that we aren’t privy to. That’s certainly possible. Or maybe they have a line on someone … a free agent or a draftee. Who knows. But right now it’s certainly an area of need.

          Same can be said of MLB. At least at RB we have a starter. Who’s starting at MLB ???

          Now these guys are bright … I’m not contending that they haven’t got something in the works. Till it unfolds we’re not looking good at either position though.

          •  GOAT56 says:

            I think you are underestimating the impact a rookie RB can make. I know it’s no guarantee but neither is any free agent you sign. It’s a better bet but someone like the law firm being good for is no guarantee either.

            The MLB market is just starting to develop. It’s a good bet that at least Goff or Blackburn will return once the dust settles.

  6.  shmitty013 says:

    If Bartolo Colon is any indication, Bradshaw should be good to go next year, as should the Prince. It’s amazing what stem cells can do. They turned a Bartolo Colon who could barely throw 85 with a shot shoulder to one who could throw 95. Here’s to hoping Bradshaw and the Prince see the same kind of results.

    •  jfunk says:

      Yeah, but that’s only addressing the re-re-stress fracture from this past season.

      Doesn’t change anything about the fact that there’s more metal than bone in both of Ahmad’s feet and ankles anymore.

      Kid is going to have a short career. It’s honestly kind of painful to watch him run, knowing what condition he is in. He never takes a gingerly step. Plants and cuts HARD. Leans into bigger, heavier men and pushes them back.

      He’s a tough SOB. But he’s going to pay the price for it with every step he takes through the grocery store for the rest of his life.

  7.  norm says:

    Jets owner Woody Johnson explains the reasons for his team’s interest in Tim Tebow:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWGciuLuH8k

  8.  TuckThis says:

    The sooner that Woody and Rex learn that you don’t win anything by winning the back pages ( ask the Iggles) the happier they will be.

  9.  kujo says:

    Been a couple of hours since the breakfast links, in which I pointed out that there is almost nothing being written anywhere in print or on the internet about what the Super Bowl champion New York Giants are up to these days. And nothing’s changed. Still nothing out there. No rumors, no reporting, nothing. But I have Giants fans (I think) who still come here to read this blog, and it’s a disservice to them if we allow the inertia of the coverage to dictate our content.

    To that end, here’s a list of some of the most popular questions I’m getting on Twitter and in the mailbag from Giants fans the past couple of days, and my best attempts to answer them:

    Why didn’t the Giants make the deal the Eagles made with Houston to get DeMeco Ryans?

    It’s not a terrible question. The Giants need a middle linebacker too, and if someone as good as Ryans could be had for nothing more than a fourth-round pick and a swap of third-rounders, why didn’t the Giants do it? There are several possible answers. First, the Eagles have a great deal more salary cap room than the Giants do, and Ryans is making $5.9 million this year. Second, the Giants got by just fine without a top-line middle linebacker last year, and they likely believe they can do so again. If they re-sign Jonathan Goff, as they’re expected to do, and he’s healthy, they believe he’s more than good enough at that spot given their other strengths on defense. They didn’t have the same level of need that the Eagles did. And third, it’s not as though there was a “For Sale” sign on Ryans. The first any of us heard that he was available was when we heard the Eagles had acquired him. Maybe the Eagles just asked the right question at the right time. Ryans was no longer useful to the Texas at his salary, since they’d switched to a 3-4 last year and were taking him off the field in passing downs. For the Eagles, he’ll play all three downs and likely flourish in his original position. Maybe the Eagles just had a good idea no one else had.

    Is there a chance Brandon Jacobs comes back?

    There is, until he signs elsewhere, that chance. The running back market is dormant, and there hasn’t been a peep to indicate any team has had Jacobs in for a visit or expressed interest in him. That doesn’t mean no one has, of course, but it indicates that the market isn’t teeming with stellar offers for his services. If no team offers him more than whatever the Giants’ final offer was, sure, he could come crawling back. But I still think he’ll find a new home. The Carolina Panthers, who were already loaded at running back, signed Mike Tolbert, who was one of the best options on the market. So any team that was looking at Tolbert now has to look at lesser choices, and Jacobs is on that list.

    Speaking of which, how about a trade for Jonathan Stewart, if Carolina has so many backs?

    The Panthers moved quickly to try and dispel any notion that the Tolbert acquisition means they’ll deal Stewart or DeAngelo Williams or even Mike Goodson. But that could be a leverage play to keep interested teams from thinking they’re desperate. The fact is, they should see what they can get for Stewart, who’s miscast there in a timeshare with Williams (and now Tolbert), and if I were the Giants I’d be extremely interested. Stewart is a big-time talent and would be a big upgrade over Jacobs in the Giants backfield tandem with Ahmad Bradshaw.

    What are they doing on the offensive line?

    With Kareem McKenzie gone, the most glaring need is right tackle. But if Will Beatty is recovered from his eye problems, they could move either him or David Diehl to right tackle. They liked what Kevin Boothe gave them at left guard late last year, and they think highly of Mitch Petrus in that spot going forward, so they feel like they have some depth on the interior. I think they should get a tackle, be it in free agency or in the draft, because they’re getting thin at those spots. But I don’t think it had or has to be any of the bigger names out there. As they always do, the Giants will target someone they like for their team and system and then work to try and get him. And if they miss, they’ll look for a solution on their own roster.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nfceast/post/_/id/37302/so-what-is-going-on-with-the-giants

    •  f0xlin says:

      Kujo, I thought you actually wrote that until I got to the end and saw the link and was very impressed and curious as to why there was a sarcastic brown balls on kardashians chest joke.

      Thanks for posting

  10.  GOAT56 says:

    I think one fact the nearly everyone will agree on is we need a RB. Some want a free agent like Bush or the law form, others want to trade for Steward and the rest want to us a higher than normal for us draft pick to address it. But the need is realized here.

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