NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Running back Ahmad Bradshaw, wide receiver Domenik Hixon and right tackle David Diehl have been ruled out for Thursday night’s game against the Panthers.

Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who caught 10 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown in the Giants’ Week 2 victory over the Buccaneers, will also miss the Week 3 contest. Defensive end Adewale Ojomo will also not be available for Big Blue.

Cornerback Michael Coe — dealing with hamstring issues — is questionable.

Coe is expected to play, and the same was said for Nicks early on Wednesday afternoon, but he was downgraded by the team just before 4:00 p.m.

On a brighter note, cornerback Prince Amukamara, linebacker Keith Rivers and running back Da’Rel Scott have been listed as probable.

Amukamara has yet to play for the G-Men in 2012.

Following running back Andre Brown’s impressive performance last week — the NC State alum gained 71 yards on 13 rushes with a touchdown — he’s expected to be the starting running back in Bradshaw’s place. The 25-year-old also caught two passes for 19 yards.

Bradshaw’s neck injury is believed to be nothing more than a sprain, though it remains to be seen how many — if any — games he’ll miss following Thursday.

The sixth-year player rushed for just 16 yards on five carries in his injury-shortened performance on Sunday. In Week 1 against the Cowboys, the two-time Super Bowl champion rushed for 78 yards on 17 carries and scored a touchdown.

Giants fans, how confident are you in Andre Brown if he has to start for an extended period of time? Let us know in the comments section below…


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