New York Giants' running back has stress fracture

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New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs might get those extra carries he’s been asking for.

Starting back Ahmad Bradshaw has a broken bone in his foot and his status for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots is uncertain. That means the disgruntled Jacobs could carry more of the load.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin disclosed on Thursday that Bradshaw has a stress fracture.

“In the past he has played with the crack or whatever you want to call it, a stress crack in his foot,” Coughlin said of Bradshaw, who missed his second consecutive day of practice. “He has played that way in the past. I don’t know what the determination is just yet. We’ll have to wait and see.”

Jacobs plans to be ready to play.

“Yeah, yeah, it looks like I will get my opportunity to play more,” he said.

COLTS: Peyton Manning and Jim Irsay agree on one thing: The Manning Era isn’t over in Indianapolis.

Manning said Thursday he hopes to return to practice this year and still holds out hope of playing if doctors say he is finally healed from his Sept. 8 neck surgery.

Irsay, the team owner, said he expects the four-time NFL MVP still has some good years in that right arm.

“I think it’s too early to bury this era,” Irsay said during a 40-minute interview. “I think to say that Peyton is done and the era is over is, to me, way, way too premature. I’ve always sort of known that era would be decided when Peyton is here. But I don’t feel like that era is done.”

Earlier Manning said, “There’s really not a schedule, a timeline of where I am.”

BRONCOS: Running back Willis McGahee says his broken right hand shouldn’t hinder him Sunday at Oakland.

McGahee practiced for the second consecutive day and was able to carry the ball in either hand.

“He’s looked great,” offensive coordinator Mike McCoy said. “It’s great to have him back out there.”

McGahee missed last week’s game against Detroit.

SEAHAWKS: Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson was limited in practice but said he continues to feel improvement in his strained pectoral muscle.

“I feel a lot better,” Jack­son said. “I know I’m going to play Sunday now. Last week, it was kind of like ‘I think I’m going to play.’ ”


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