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!"
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