Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw guaranteed that he would play against the Eagles this week despite a neck injury that forced him to miss last week's game against Carolina.

Regardless, Bradshaw was told that his role will change when he returns, with the emergence of Andre Brown.

"In our history here, it's been, not one — you're always in need of at least two (running backs)," said Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. "And one year that we had a lot of success, we had three."

Bradshaw injured his neck in a Week two game and missed the Giants Thursday night game against the Panthers. He did not practice Monday has been medically cleared to practice after Monday's checkup with physicians.

"There are still issues," said Coughlin, who said he "hopes" to have Bradshaw back for Sunday night's showdown with the Eagles. "If it was just pain, he would be (playing)."

Coughlin acknowledged that Bradshaw's ability to return for Sunday night's game is more than a pain-tolerance issue, but it sounds like the Eagles will have to deal with both Hakeem Nicks and Ahmad Bradshaw on Sunday night.