New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, who is nursing a bad knee, returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday and expects to be ready by Sunday so long as there are no setbacks. And while he understands he won't be the lead dog, he's looking forward to the opportunity to create a powerful 1-2 punch with fellow bruiser Andre Brown.
“I don’t know what it would be like,” Jacobs said. “I’m just trying to have the opportunity to get out there with him. One thing is probably the other teams are going to be sore.”
Add in fullback John Conner and running back Peyton Hillis, and the Giants backfield certainly is of a unique bruising variety. They are all very powerful, physical runners who like to abuse their opponents. And with David Wilson (neck) now on Injured Reserve (IR), the only remaining speedster is rookie Michael Cox, who has seen precious few snaps here in 2013.
Luckily, all Giants' backs have a team-first mindset. They've all said they'll do whatever the team asks, carry the ball as many times as required and do whatever else it takes so long as they're winning.
"As long as we’re winning, I don’t care. I’m playing right now. I’m playing good ball. We’re playing good ball. As long as we’re doing that," Andre Brown said. "I’ll let them manage that and what have you, but I’m just going to go out there and play ball."
Whether or not Jacobs, Brown and Hillis have an opportunity to create this physically imposing backfield remains to be seen. Due to Jerrel Jernigan's fumble issues, the Giants may be forced to start Michael Cox at kick returner, meaning either Hillis or Jacobs would be an odd man out on Sunday.
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