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When a player is hurting in early March, he risks being discarded during free agency. Knowingly buying damaged goods is the kind of practice which turns a general manager into a fan rather quickly.

This brings us to the fate of Ahmad Bradshaw, the now former New York Giants running back who’s actively seeking employment after he was cut. The problem is that he’s had far too many holes drilled in his right foot and left knee, enough that you can actually hear the wind whistling through (not really). Most recently he needed a screw replaced with a larger screw in his foot following this past season. Needing to reinforce the metal in your bones is bad.

It was the third procedure he’s had on the same foot, and he’s set to turn just 27 later this month. So, how’s the metal-infused foot doing now, Ahmad?

Quite well, it seems. Yesterday NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Bradshaw received an update on the progress of his latest recovery, one that had him in a cool scooter for the early part of February. The words said to him were very good words:

“Great,” said a source who has spoken with the sixth-year running back. “His foot is healing perfectly.”

It is great, source, because that means Bradshaw can now go about the business of getting paid, and paying us. As I wrote earlier this week while projecting the best fantasy destinations for the top running backs in this year’s free agent class, despite his brittle history Bradshaw is still one of the few RBs available this year who’s capable of stepping in right away and being a featured back (the others are Steven Jackson, and possibly Reggie Bush).

If you’re the type who turns several shades of purple and blue upon considering any risk whatsoever, run now. But do it knowing that if he lands in the right place (Green Bay, hopefully), Bradshaw remains worth the risk at the right price, and the right price is a mid-round pick likely in the vicinity of the fifth or sixth round. He still averaged 4.6 yards per carry and scored six times in 2012 even while dealing with nagging injuries, and David Wilson slowly stealing touches.

That includes four 100-yard games in addition to 245 receiving yards, all of which adds up to a nice low tier RB2 total of 156 fantasy points.

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