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Short Week Has Giants, Panthers Scrambling To Find Healthy Bodies For Thursday Night’s Game

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By Ted Fleming

Two banged up teams will face off on Thursday Night Football, and while the Carolina Panthers may have more individuals nursing injuries, the New York Giants could have more key players out of the lineup. With a neck injury, running back Ahmad Bradshaw is the single biggest concern for head coach Tom Coughlin and his 24th ranked ground game.

The quick turnaround for the Giants and Panthers will limit the time players with bumps and bruises have to heal, and that could be a key component to who wins in Charlotte before a national audience on Thursday Night Football as each team seeks their second win of the season.

For New York, right tackle David Diehl (knee), running back Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) and wide receiver Domenik Hixon (concussion) all went down in the game against the Buccaneers last Sunday. Receiver Hakeem Nicks (foot), who missed both practices as part of a “rest plan,” and cornerback Prince Amukamara (ankle), who has not played this season, are both expected to be in the lineup.

Tom Coughlin danced around the Bradshaw injury although the head coach left the door open that he could see some action. If he doesn’t, it is a big blow to Big Blue’s ground attack, which has been average at best through the first two contests.

Carolina head coach Ron Rivera is concerned about some of his players and the short week plays into that. “On a short week, it’s tough,” he said. “Typically you have a pretty good feel once you get to Thursday, we won’t have that feel until Thursday morning.” That is the day of the game. “We’re going to have to make some game time decisions.”

Rivera feels that Beason, Smith, Pilares and Kalil will be ready to play.

The Panthers were also hamstrung because of the amount of rain dumped on Charlotte forcing practice to move indoors to the 40,000 square-foot Crown Ballroom where the field is carpeted, like in Arena Football, where injuries could have been worsened.

The following is the injury/practice report issued by the National Football League for the Giants-Buccaneers game in Charlotte Sept. 20.

GIANTS MONDAY:
Did not practice: 
RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), CB Michael Coe (hamstring), T David Diehl (knee), WR Domenik Hixon (concussion), WR Hakeem Nicks (foot), DE Adewale Ojomo (hamstring)
Limited participation in practice: CB Prince Amukamara (ankle), LB Keith Rivers (hamstring)
Full participation in practice: RB Da’Rel Scott (knee)

GIANTS TUESDAY:
Did not practice: RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), T David Diehl (knee), WR Domenik Hixon (concussion), WR Hakeem Nicks (foot)
Limited participation in practice: CB Prince Amukamara (ankle), CB Michael Coe (hamstring), DE Adewale Ojomo (hamstring), LB Keith Rivers (hamstring)

PANTHERS MONDAY:
Did not practice: LB Jon Beason (elbow), T Byron Bell (ankle), LB Thomas Davis (hamstring), S Colin Jones (shoulder), C Ryan Kalil (ankle), WR Kealoha Pilares (foot), G Mike Pollak (shoulder), WR Steve Smith (knee), RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle)

PANTHERS TUESDAY
Did not practice: T Byron Bell (ankle), LB Thomas Davis (hamstring), S Colin Jones (shoulder), G Mike Pollak (shoulder), RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle)
Limited participation in practice: LB Jon Beason (elbow), C Ryan Kalil (ankle), WR Kealoha Pilares (foot), WR Steve Smith (knee)

For more Local Football Bloggers and the latest Panthers news, see CBS Sports Charlotte.

Ted Fleming is a freelance writer covering all things Carolina Panthers. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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