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Ahmad Bradshaw Benching: Running Back Forced To Sit Out First Half

New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw, the team’s leading rusher was benched for the first half of Sunday night’s 37-34 victory over the Dallas Cowboys for a violation of team rules.

“Strictly in house,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “Violation of team rules. That’s all I’ll say.”

Bradshaw reportedly admitted a rules violation. He mostly watched Sunday night as Brandon Jacobs had his best game of the season, rushing 19 times for 101 yards. Bradshaw did play some in the second half, gaining 12 yards on eight carries and catching one pass for seven yards.

The Daily News reported that this is the fourth time in his eight-year tenure that Coughlin has benched a Giants’ player for a rules violation. Aaron was benched once and Plaxico Burress twice.

Coughlin deserves credit for sticking to his beliefs here. Chaining his most explosive running back to the bench in a game that could have been make-or-break for the Giants’ season and his tenure as head coach, is a move that showed what Coughlin is about. That, of course, is doing things the right way.