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Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 09/26/2012

Ahmad Bradshaw will start Sunday, with Andre Brown No. 2


Ahmad Bradshaw is ready to stop cheerleading and start playing for the New York Giants. (Bill Kostroun / AP)

Andre Brown made the most of his chance to start at running back for the New York Giants, but the job will again belong to Ahmad Bradshaw on Sunday night.

Coach Tom Coughlin confirmed Wednesday that Bradshaw will start Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles. Filling in for Bradshaw, who was out with a sprained neck last week, Brown rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries as the Giants crushed the Carolina Panthers. A 25-year-old journeyman player, Brown previously had all of two carries for -1 yards in his career.

“There’s a long way to go and we’re just happy we had an opportunity to develop a player,” Coughlin said of Brown’s status behind Bradshaw (via the New York Daily News). “And they’ll all have a chance to contribute.”

Coughlin wouldn’t divulge how he’ll deploy the two backs, although Brown seems to be the No. 2 back, ahead of rookie David Wilson.

“Naturally we reserve the right to [use] who has the hot hand,” Coughlin said. “So many times that’s been Ahmad in that situation.”

In two games, Brown has rushed for 184 yards on 33 carries and scored three touchdowns. rushed 33 times for 184 yards and three touchdowns. Bradshaw was hurt early in the Giants’ second game of the season. In a little over one game, Bradshaw has rushed for 94 yards on 22 carries. He tweeted that he’s healthy and rarin’ to go:

“Great news! Thanks everyone for ur thoughts and prayers. But u dnt understand, I’m Ready to rock #bigblue #health”

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