"He had a little ankle [injury] last night," head coach Tom Coughlin said in his Monday press conference. "It's sore today. They are going to do all the tests. He hasn't had any of the tests yet."
The Giants may learn more about Mathias Kiwanuka's status over the next few days as well. The defensive end will get another opinion on the bulging cervical disc in his neck on Tuesday.
"He is going to our doctors today and then I believe he has a second opinion tomorrow and then we will see," Coughlin said.
Kiwanuka complained of stiffness in his neck on Thursday but still was able to practice fully on Friday. But once his injury was diagnosed after he went to see a specialist on Friday, the defensive end was ruled out for the Bears game.
Kiwanuka compared the injury to feeling mostly like waking up with a stiff neck. He said he didn't think the injury will keep him out for long.
"I think it is great the attitude he is taking," Coughlin said. "It is going to be the doctors that determine it. When he was sent for the MRI [on Thursday], I wasn't worried about it."
No timetable was given for Kiwanuka as the team said recovery time for these type of injuries are on a case-by-case basis. A bulging disc injury can keep a player out for months and potentially end a season as was the case with Antonio Pierce last season. The Giants hope Kiwanuka's injury will "quiet down" significantly with rest.
The team could have starting center Shaun O'Hara back in practice on Wednesday. O'Hara has missed the last two games with an ankle and Achilles injury.
As for Bradshaw, the Giants would suffer a major blow if their starting running back had to miss any time. Bradshaw is coming off his best game of the season with 129 yards and a touchdown in the Giants' win. It was his first 100-yard game of the season.
Outside of fumbling inside the 10-yard-line the past two games, Bradshaw has gotten better with each game. Last year, however, Bradshaw did play with injuries to both of his feet and an ankle. He barely practiced and underwent offseason surgery on both feet and his ankle earlier in the year. During camp, he raved about how he felt like he was running on fresh feet free of pain. Coughlin said he did not know which ankle Bradshaw feels pain in at the moment.
Fullback Madison Hedgecock also suffered a strained hamstring. His status for Sunday's game at Houston is uncertain and the Giants might need to look at other fullbacks on the free-agent market if Hedgecock will be out.
Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com.
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