Giants CB Ross cleared to play

Posted Jan. 11, 2012 @ 7:28 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Giants have enough of a hard task in front of them defending against Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Packers' vaunted attack. It would have been even harder minus one of the key members of their secondary.

Thankfully for the Giants, it appears they will have CB Aaron Ross back. The fifth-year pro had 60 tackles and four interceptions during the regular season, despite starting just nine games. Ross had to leave Sunday's 24-2 win over Atlanta with a concussion but he was cleared to play by the team's doctors for the divisional game at Green Bay, and was able to practice in limited fashion on Wednesday.

New York is still waiting to get RB Ahmad Bradshaw back. He did not participate in practice on Wednesday, as a result of foot and back injuries, although it has become custom for him to wait until Friday to practice. According to Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News, Bradshaw exited Sunday's win over Atlanta with a sore back, but "the Giants do not appear to think it's a big deal." Bradshaw led the Giants with 659 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on the ground, and he had 85 total yards in their win over the Falcons.

DE Osi Umenyiora participated in Wednesday's practice, albeit in limited fashion. He has recorded three sacks in his last two games, despite suffering from ankle and knee injuries. Poor health kept him out of the Giants' four December contests, in which they went 2-2 without him.