There are probably far greater surprises which greeted you on this fine Sunday morning than the information contained in the above simple headline. Maybe you woke up in a foreign location, or maybe you struggled to locate your pants from the night before.

Still, though, you need to be keenly aware of Ahmad Bradshaw’s game-time decision status as we chug towards that time when the inactives are announced in a little less than an hour. Because in the unlikely event that he can’t play against the Redskins, there’s still a chance for you to pull an emergency parachute depending on your league settings.

Bradshaw wasn’t on the field for two of the Giants’ three practices this week (missed Wednesday and Friday, and was limited Thursday). Head coach Tom Coughlin told anyone who desired to listen that his starting running back’s absence Friday was primarily motivated by the need to rest a sore ankle, saying he’ll be fine for Sunday.

Paint us with the broad hopelessly optimistic brush if you’d like, but we still believe Coughlin, and think that Bradshaw will play despite ProFootballTalk’s report earlier this morning that he will indeed be a true game-time decision. If he’s out, there will likely be a split between David Wilson and Andre Brown, with the workload favoring Wilson (think 60-40).

If your league allows Sunday morning pickups — and most do — both of Bradshaw’s backups are still widely available. Brown is owned in 38 percent of ESPN leagues and 41 percent of Yahoo leagues, while Wilson is taken in 28 percent of Yahoo leagues and 48 percent of ESPN leagues.

UPDATE: As expected, Jason La Canfora is reporting that Bradshaw will start. The official inactives still haven’t come out yet, but Bradshaw owners have likely avoided a frantic scramble for now.

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