EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants will play a critical game Sunday afternoon against the Atlanta Falcons without their leading rusher.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin confirmed that Ahmad Bradshaw will not play Sunday due to lingering knee and foot problems.

“It would have been a reach for him to be ready,” Coughlin said of Bradshaw, who was spotted with his knee heavily wrapped and not participating in any football activities. “I’m sure he’s disappointed right now. With someone like that and his constitution, he thinks that come game day he’ll be fine and be able to play. But medically, it was the only wise move to keep him out.”

Bradshaw, who has 869 yards and five touchdowns on the ground this season, has played through injury before. But the sprained knee the six-year veteran suffered Sunday in the 52-27 win over New Orleans did not recover in time for him to practice this week.

QB Cutler listed as probable vs. Packers

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler appears ready to play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.

Cutler went through a full practice on Friday despite knee and neck problems and was officially listed as probable. The Bears ruled out receiver Earl Bennett (concussion), cornerback Tim Jennings (shoulder) and Brian Urlacher (hamstring) for the second straight week.

Defensive end Shea McClellin (knee) and defensive tackle Henry Melton (chest) are doubtful, while running back Michael Bush (ribs), linebacker Geno Hayes (knee) and defensive tackle Matt Toeaina (knee) are questionable.

Linebacker Lance Briggs (knee, hip), tight end Kellen Davis (knee), defensive tackle Stephen Paea (foot), offensive tackle Jonathon Scott (shoulder), guard Chris Spencer (knee) and cornerback Charles Tillman (shoulder) are all probable.

RG3 again limited, questionable for Sunday

ASHBURN, Va. — Robert Griffin III practiced for the third straight day on his sprained right knee Friday, albeit again on a limited basis, and is officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns.

“He keeps on improving every day,” coach Mike Shanahan said. “He’s much better today.”

Shanahan again he said he will wait until Sunday to reveal whether Griffin or fellow rookie Kirk Cousins will start. He said the quarterbacks might be informed of the decision tonight.

Griffin, the league’s top-rated passer, looked fine during Friday’s session as he stretched with his teammates and made a few throws during the 15 minutes reporters were allowed to watch. It would have been difficult to tell he was injured if it weren’t already known.

Jets’ Coples fined $15K for facemask on Henne

NEW YORK — Jets rookie defensive lineman Quinton Coples has been fined $15,000 by the NFL for grabbing the facemask of Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne.

Coples was called for a penalty when Henne scrambled for 1 yard on third-and-3 last Sunday. The play extended a drive in which the Jaguars later scored in the Jets’ 17-10 victory.

Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara was fined $15,750 for a horse-collar tackle on New Orleans running back Pierre Thomas.

Detroit offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus was docked $10,000 for a chop block in the Lions’ 27-20 loss at Green Bay.

St. Louis cornerback Cortland Finnegan was also fined $10,000 for grabbing Buffalo running back C.J. Spiller by the facemask.

Cornerback Thurmond ruled out for Seahawks

RENTON, Wash. — Seattle will be without starting cornerback Walter Thurmond against the Buffalo Bills in Toronto.

Thurmond injured his hamstring during practice Wednesday and has been officially ruled out. The Seahawks will be forced to start their third cornerback in as many weeks against the Bills. Either Byron Maxwell or rookie Jeremy Lane will start, with both expected to play extensively.

Wide receiver Sidney Rice returned to practice Friday after missing the first two days of practice this week with a bruised foot. Rice is expected to play Sunday.