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The Giants lost their middle linebacker and defensive captain when they placed Antonio Pierce on injured reserve earlier this week. That roster spot remains open, though it might be filled with a player at another position of sudden need.


Running back.


The Giants will take the practice field Wednesday without Ahmad Bradshaw and DJ Ware. Bradshaw is still nursing a severe ankle sprain suffered on Nov. 22 against the Falcons. Such sprains usually take a while to heal, so expecting Bradshaw back this Sunday could be a reach. Coach Tom Coughlin said the team has its “fingers crossed” Bradshaw will play, which doesn’t exactly indicate they’re banking on it.


As for Ware, he appears to be a long shot to make it back from a concussion suffered on Thanksgiving against the Broncos. Concussions are hot-button issues of late and Coughlin said the team will handle Ware “very cautiously” this week. Translation: don’t expect him to suit up against the Cowboys.


That leaves only Brandon Jacobs and Gartrell Johnson as healthy running backs on the roster. But that could change, given Pierce’s open spot. The Giants worked out eight players Tuesday, though none of them were running backs. The fact they haven’t made the roster move by the start of the practice week indicates they’re waiting for something. Could that something be former Colt Dominic Rhodes, who worked out for the Giants earlier this season and was tied up yesterday with a tryout for his former team in Indianapolis?


12:07 p.m. UPDATE Rhodes' agent says nothing cooking with the Giants right now.


Other available options include: Warrick Dunn, Edgerrin James, T.J. Duckett, Kenny Watson and Selvin Young. Each of those players offers a different dimension, from the short-yardage back (Duckett) the Giants probably don’t need because of Jacobs’ presence to the third-down back (Watson) that could replace Ware. (It should be noted Duckett worked out for the Giants the same day as Rhodes and I’ve heard running backs coach Jerald Ingram is high on him. But again, the Giants have a similar player in Jacobs.)


We’ll see if the Giants add any of those players Wednesday.



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