Ahmad Bradshaw injured knee in New York Giants' loss

  • By Marc Sessler
  • Updated: Dec. 12, 2012 at 11:51 a.m.

David Wilson's big day against the New Orleans Saints officially rescued the rookie running back from coach Tom Coughlin's doghouse. He might not be done.

Coughlin told reporters Wednesday that starter Ahmad Bradshaw has a sprained left knee, per ESPNNewYork.com's Ohm Youngmisuk. Bradshaw was injured in Sunday's 52-27 win over the Saints and Coughlin wouldn't speculate on how much practice time the back would miss.

The New York Daily News reported the Giants will lean on Wilson if Bradshaw isn't healthy for Sunday's meeting with the Atlanta Falcons.

"The timing is great for David to come to the front," Coughlin said Monday. "And he'll hopefully provide us with that spark we need right now to go along with the rest of our players to give us an added playmaker that people are going to have to -- flat out have to -- defend."

Meanwhile, Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks continues to battle a knee injury that Coughlin believes will nag him all year.

"I wish that he would have an opportunity to play after being no longer having any issues, but that's not going to be the case this year," Coughlin said this week.

Nicks will play through the pain and the Giants are increasingly comfortable with Wilson, named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after torching the Saints for a 97-yard kickoff return for a score and finishing the game with a franchise-record 327 all-purpose yards.