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New York Giants RB Andre Brown Out for Season with Broken Leg

November 26th, 2012 at 6:30 AM
By Paul Tierney

Andre Brown might have a ring, but he's no longer going to play an integral part in the New York Giants rushing attack for the remainder of the 2012 season.

In perhaps the only negative to emerge from the Giants 38-10 thrashing of the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, Big Blue has lost running back Andre Brown for the rest of the season with a broken leg. Brown left the game in the fourth quarter and did not return. He was the Giants leading rusher on the night with 64-yards on 13 carries.

Brown had emerged this season as the Giants' primary short-yardage running back. He's an incredibly physical, downhill runner who has showcased his effectiveness on several occasions in 2012. He jump started the Giants rushing attack in Week two against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and rushed for over 100-yards in Week three against the Carolina Panthers. His physicality has allowed the Giants to spare Ahmad Bradshaw carries around the goal line, which can be grueling for any tailback.

With Brown out for the season, the Giants will turn to rookie first-round draft pick David Wilson to pick up the slack. It's hard to see how Wilson would replace Brown has the short-yardage running back, because Wilson is more of a speed tailback as opposed to a between the tackles runner. In college last season, Wilson led the nation in yards after contact with 990. However, that physicality has not translated over to the NFL. Not to say he's an easy guy to bring down, but he does not hit the hole as hard as Andre Brown. Wilson has already expressed his desire to perform well in Brown's absence.

"Dre played a big role in our offense running the ball. I'm going to definitely have to step up," Wilson said.

The Giants recently worked out running backs Joseph Addai and Ryan Torain. It would not be surprising for the team to sign a veteran off the free agent scrap heap to provide some stability at the position. It's also possible that the team promotes rookie Joe Martinek off the practice squad. It's not likely that the Giants play the most important games on their schedule with two rookie running backs on the roster, so adding a veteran seems more likely.

This is the second season in four years that Brown has suffered a major, season ending injury. Before the start of his rookie season, Brown ruptured his achilles. After bouncing around the NFL, he reisnged with the Giants last season and has been a pleasant surprise in 2012. His presence will be missed, but as the saying goes, "Next Man Up!"


Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Andre Brown, Carolina Panthers, David Wilson, Football, Green Bay, Green Bay Packers, Joe Martinek, Joseph Addai, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

64 Responses to “New York Giants RB Andre Brown Out for Season with Broken Leg”

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  1.  Dirt says:

    Sad man.

    At least there’s no risk of being 1 Bradshaw foot away from relying solely on a guy with ~15 career touches so far.

  2.  Krow says:

    Are we being too hard on Corey Webster? He had a shut-down-corner game yesterday … except for 2 plays. One a long TD … the other a holding call that resulted in a FG. All 10 points can be dumped on his doorstep. And it’s be easy to say, ‘outside of that Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?’

    But … is that fair? Because they stuffed Cobb. Stuffed him cold. And with him the Packer offense. While Corey was left alone to handle the rest of the field. Which he pretty much did.

    The end result is that the strategy worked. Corey held the line all by himself … against long odds. Basically being beaten only once.

    I think C-Web had a hell of a game.

  3.  Kevin Page says:

    Any CB is gonna blow a coverage now and then, just that Corey has done that more than you want this year, so ANY long TD is going to be magnified even further.

    But like a veteran, he recovered and stuffed them cold. I don’t hold too much into a single penalty. If a guy is gonna beat you on a route for a 50 yard pass, you grab and hold and live with the flag. If it happened 3+ times, then you’d be concerned.

  4.  kujo says:

    Your heart breaks for Andre Brown. Hears hoping he can make another recovery and come back next year as our bruiser.

    Great game yesterday. Total demolition. Now lets shut down Bobert next week!

  5.  kujo says:

    Oh, and kudos to Dirt on the score prediction.

    But, Dirt, buddy…how about Eli? Did he prove himself to be “elite?”

    •  Dirt says:

      I never had any doubt. I think we were miscommunicating. I said no way an elite QB let’s Rodgers outplay him in such a big spot. And he didn’t.

  6.  James Stoll says:

    Big loss in Brown. Really too bad. Now Wilson really has to perform.
    Maybe the Giants send a 7th rounder to SF for Jacobs

  7.  Hanshi says:

    NFL Players have been back from that type of break in 4 to 6 weeks in the past. Isn’t there a chance he could be back for a play off run? He isn’t IR’d already?

    •  kujo says:

      Brown sent out a tweet last night saying “the season’s not over yet!”

      •  Hanshi says:

        ESPN said he’s out for the season… They always get it right. lol

        •  kujo says:

          Yeah and he might not have been referring to his injury in that tweet. Just thought I’d mention it.

          •  Dirt says:

            @JennyVrentas: Andre Brown suffers broken fibula. Source said not certain yet if it’s season-ending. Brown will have more tests today:

            • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

              Even the best case scenario for a broken fibula is 4-6 weeks out. 4 weeks being the minimum amount of time someone has until they can put weight on their leg again. The Giants final game is 4 weeks and 6 days away. That means Brown would have six days to prepare after putting weight on his leg for the first time.

              It’s unfortunate, but sources aside, this is a season-ender.

  8.  F0XLIN says:

    The loss of Brown just when the coaches finally started to use him is a killer. He ran hard and consistently picked up nice chunks or yards last night. Time for Wilson to play like a first round pick, he is no Brown but is a physical runner. Didn’t seem to display the best vision last night, but that was the main knock on him coming in.

  9.  kujo says:

    Giants tight end Martellus Bennett had one of his best games in weeks in last night’s rout of the Packers.

    But he saved his best play for after the game, catching a fan who fell out of the stands.

    As he was throwing his gloves to a group of young fans after the game, an adult wearing a David Wilson jersey reached over the kids and fell over the railing at MetLife Stadium.

    So the man who referred to himself as the Black Unicorn in training camp got to make a comic-book save.

    “I just did what any super hero would do, saved his life,” Bennett said, via Newsday’s Tom Rock. “I’m like Scott Summers [Cyclops from the X-Men comics].”

    Considering the hour, and the situation, Bennett admitted his first reaction was not to go for the catch.

    “My first instinct was to step back, like ‘Oh —!’” Bennett said. “But I did the righteous thing so I caught him and slowly tried to put him down but I tripped over somebody and we all fell. I’m just happy I could help someone out.”

    All in a day’s work, for a super hero.

  10.  kujo says:

    Did anybody else notice that there was a few times when we had Rolle, Phillips, Brown and Will Hill all out on the field at once?

    •  F0XLIN says:

      Yea, I was talking to my buddy about that at the game, and Peter Guinta hinted at the 4 safety look the Texans use during the off week, that is an awesome look. Let’s hope Kenny saying “he feels ok” really is

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