Returning Bradshaw Sparks NYG Backfield

IRVING, Texas --If the Cowboys played the Giants in November instead of December, they wouldn't have had to worry about running back Ahmad Bradshaw.

The Giants' versatile back missed the entire month with a fractured foot, but returned last week with 38 rushing yards and nine receiving yards in a narrow loss to undefeated Green Bay.

Bradshaw, who racked up 440 rushing yards and 210 receiving yards in the first seven games before his injury, appeared to spark New York's offense against the Packers. Running back teammate Brandon Jacobs complemented him well with 59 yards and a touchdown.

Bradshaw did not practice Wednesday, but so far indications are he'll be ready Sunday. The Cowboys' defense will have to account for his explosiveness, which reminds defensive end Marcus Spears a little of Carolina's DeAngelo Williams.

In two meetings with Dallas last year, Bradshaw had 199 combined rushing yards.

"He's shifty. He can make it happen," Spears said. "He can do anything from he can catch the ball (and) he's a good runner who can hit you up between the tackles or bounce outside.

"He brings another element. Jacobs likes to go downhill, get to the secondary quick and straight ahead. But (Bradshaw) brings a change-up."

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