Ahmad Bradshaw has ankle surgery

Updated: February 15, 2011, 9:28 AM ET
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com

Running back Ahmad Bradshaw underwent surgery on his left ankle over the weekend, the New York Giants confirmed on Monday.

The procedure was done to clean out Bradshaw's ankle.

On Sunday, he had tweeted, "everything went great thanks for the well wishes!"

While making an appearance in North Texas during Super Bowl week, Bradshaw told reporters that he was scheduled to undergo surgery on Feb. 12.

The running back said his left ankle bothered him during the season. He underwent the same surgery to his right ankle in addition to surgeries on both of his feet last year.

"It was something that bothered me," Bradshaw told reporters in Dallas during Super Bowl week of his left ankle. "It wasn't a big factor unless someone really got a hold of it. It was really no problem because I could fight through it and I'd been fighting through it for years. I'm just ready to get it fixed."

Bradshaw's contract is up and he wants to return to the Giants. He said the team has told him that he will be a priority. General manager Jerry Reese has said he will not move forward with free agents until a new collective bargaining agreement is reached.

Bradshaw did admit he isn't sure whether the Giants can afford to pay two running backs since Brandon Jacobs is slated to earn $4.65 million in 2011 and $4.9 million in 2012.

Bradshaw finished with 1,235 yards and eight touchdowns in his first season as the lead running back. Jacobs rushed for 823 yards and nine touchdowns despite seeing significantly fewer touches than Bradshaw.

"I talked to the Giants on exit day and they said I was a big priority for them to come back," the running back said. "I'm just letting them handle it. All I can do really is be ready for next year and be fully prepared."

Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com.

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