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Ward Looking to Fill Brandon's Big Shoes

Photo: AP/Matt Slocum

This time a year ago, before Tiki Barber's bombshell of an announcement, Derrick Ward wondered whether he had any true future as a New York Giant.

Barber was one of the top five tailbacks in the league and Brandon Jacobs was afforded all ball-carrying opportunities that didn't go to Barber. Worse yet, Ward was sitting out with a fractured foot he suffered during training camp in 2006, a lingering injury that forced him to miss the Giants' first six regular-season games. The big backup eventually played in eight games and was the team's...

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