An already struggling team in the second half of the season (though one may not recognize that by their undeserving 8-4 record), the New York Giants may lose their leading running back for the rest of the season. The New York Giants leading rusher, Derrick Ward, broke his leg Sunday against the Chicago bears and will be out indefinably.
Ward fractured his left fibula, the thinner of the two bones extending from the knee to the ankle, in the fourth quarter of New York's 21-16 come-from-behind victory. He rushed 24 times for a career-high 154 yards. The fourth-year player leads the Giants with 602 yards despite missing the previous four games due to ankle and groin injuries.
On the bright side, the Giants still have Brandon Jacobs. He was the opening day starter However, he too is also injured. He has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, but the Giants think he could replace Ward on Sunday at Philadelphia. Brandon Jacobs, just on his size alone, is a very tough running back to take down. He reminds me of a young Jerome Bettis when he was in his prime. However, not only is Jacobs unusually big for a running back position, he is also pretty fast as well. The Giants need to hang onto this guy because he will be their future running back for years to come.