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New York Giants Running Back Andre Brown Out for Season

November 26th, 2012 at 2:26 PM
By Simon Garron-Caine

There was a slimmer of hope that few really held to, but it's now confirmed: up and coming running back Andre Brown will miss the rest of the New York Giants season, according to Jenny Vrentas on Twitter.

With Brown out, Mike Garafolo tweets that Joseph Addai is not a likely addition for the team and that he "had heard [Ryan] Torain was more impressive in workout."

Expect the Giants to move pretty quickly on getting a running back on the roster.


Tags: Andre Brown, Football, Joseph Addai, Mike Garafolo, New York, New York Giants, NFL

31 Responses to “New York Giants Running Back Andre Brown Out for Season”

  1.  GOAT56 says:

    I was thinking you go for a 3rd down pass protection back with receiving skills but I can also see the need for a short yardage back. Interesting choice. Special teams may also factor in as a 3rd RB is mainly a special teams guy. So that could hurt someone like Addai.

  2.  kinsho says:

    With the way Eli was running yesterday, we don’t need no 3rd RB.

  3.  Levito says:

    I would hope that this means Wilson gets more chances on 1st and 2nd downs so that Bradshaw can get the majority of 3rd down plays. Maybe it’s about time they actually split carries 50/50.

    • They were basically splitting the carries 50/50 between Bradshaw and Brown. Doubtful they thrust Wilson into that big of a role, but the healthier they keep Bradshaw the more they get out of him.

      •  Levito says:

        Kinda. When both were healthy, Bradshaw got 2x as many carries as Brown. But the majority of Brown’s runs came in the 2nd half. I’d like to see them rotate backs on the same drive, without it taking a huge run which leaves Bradshaw winded before we see Wilson.

  4.  nynate says:

    The biggest problem that I saw yesterday was our 3rd and 1 or 2 play calling. We need to strip Gilbride of the playcalling duties in any 3rd and short situation and get someone like the stadium cleaner to make those big decisions. Gilbride had our smaller, speedier backs running into the backs of our O’line while he puts our big back in there to receive a stupid little toss from Eli for no gain. We have a ridiculously good roster and if the players are simply used properly and given opportunities to play to their strengths then we are near unbeatable. That goes for the defence as well.

  5.  The Original G Man says:

    Damn. What a shame. On the upside, at least one would think that given that it’s a fracture, that he should be fully healed for next season. After what he’s been through, the guy deserves a few more years at the very least in the NFL.

  6.  GIANTT says:

    I want to suggest Hynoski for the short 3rd and 1 situations .The kid is a battering ram . I know he is the blocking back but it might be useful to see him get a few runs himself .
    Also , for a while anyway , if the Giants dont trust Wilson as a pass blocker , isnt that going to signal run if hes in there ?

    •  jfunk says:

      Wilson’s going to have to be in there for pass protection now, no way around it. Time for the kid to prove that he can do it.

      While I’m not opposed to letting Hynoski get a couple carries here and there, I don’t think using him as a primary short yardage back is a good idea because his blocking is pretty key to those short yardage runs.

      Unless the Giants bring in a short yardage back, I see the most likely outcome being Wilson getting more carries in normal packages and giving the short yardage to Bradshaw.

      •  GIANTT says:

        Logic says you are probably right but given the Giants reluctance to force feed Wilson on pass blocking so far might make them look for another solution if they dont think he is ready to block . First , protect Eli . So , of the running backs who came in and tried out , who is the best blocker ?

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Not necessarily but it probably will signal that they can tighten up the field because Eli will want to go to quick releases.

      David Wilson is about to get his trial by fire. If he proves as tough-minded as Bradshaw was back in 2007 when he was put in exactly the same position then we’ll be fine. If not, he’ll have proved that the coaches were more than justified in bringing him along VERY slowly.

      His play, now, is a VERY, VERY big deal given the possibility of problems with Bradshaw’s feet. No matter who they bring in, he isn’t someone who was thought capable of being on an NFL roster this year so he will be a specialty back and the hope will be that he gets very few carries. Bradshaw and Wilson are IT, and we need them to stay healthy and thrive.

  7.  fanfor55years says:

    Funny, all the folks who were screaming for Wilson to get a lot more touches are now starting to get nervous about having him play a big role going forward. I don’t know which part of that equation is wrong, but one has to be.

    Frankly, I think losing Brown IS a big deal, hardly something to be shrugged off. He was starting to play a critical role on the team, and we do not currently have a power back in his absence. When you get nostalgic for Brandon Jacobs’ production you know you’re having a bad day.

    •  kinsho says:

      Glad to see I’m not alone in thinking that we’ll miss Brown. Making the Super Bowl is still very doable, but it’ll be a harder journey, that’s for sure.

  8.  kinsho says:

    I’m actually excited to see Wilson match up against a fellow rookie RB in Alfred Morris. It’d be a good opportunity to show the world that his name deserves to be mentioned among the likes of Morris, Doug Martin, and Vick Ballard.

    •  BLU-82 says:

      No knock against Vick Ballard- I really haven’t seen him play so I can’t judge- but I hope Wilson will never be mentioned in the same breath as the 2012-13 Colts running game.

  9.  Krow says:

    I’m still not getting all this Bradshaw hate. 161 carries for 733 yards … 4.6 per … 19 catches for another 183 yards … 9.6 a catch … and 7 TDs (5/2).

    OK he’s not Adrian Peterson… but on a decidedly pass-first team he’s got a shot at 1,000 yard season. He’s not a bum. He’s a solid, above-average NFL tailback. He’s ranked about 15th, and a lot of the RBs ahead of him have 50+ more carries. He’s top-10 in average per attempt. I’ve got no problem with AB.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      I like Bradshaw. It’s just that he’s injury-prone and still pushes that hand out when in a crowd so exposes the ball in his other hand. No doubt he’s a solid back. Not a star, but a solid NFL running back. If he was more durable I’d be fine with his remaining the #1 back until his contract expires, but durability is the issue.

      No one should “hate” him. In fact, everyone should be grateful we’ve got him. But we need two additional backs and right now we only have one. Bummer.

    •  kinsho says:

      While I do hate on him from time to time, he’s really not that bad at all. When he has a head full of steam, he’s a beast.

      Still, he’s not a workhorse and the fact is that he’s more of a power runner than a zone-style runner . I used to hate to see Bradshaw run into a wall of linemen over and over again, whereas Brown (despite being the bigger guy) was more likely to patiently wait for holes to develop or exploit cut-back lanes.

      Bradshaw was actually much better yesterday though. He was much more willing to use cut-back lanes to gain whatever yards he could.

  10.  BLU-82 says:

    Ok- maybe I’m being too optimistic or hopeful here, but is this out for the season or out for the regular season? Assuming it’s not worse than it was initially billed as, which it might be, as many here said earlier a 4-6 week window could get him back in time for the playoffs.

    With the new IR rules, is it possible to stash Brown on IR with the option to bring him back at some point since the Giants have not made use of that ability yet, or is there a deadline for someone to be placed on that conditional IR?

    •  BLU-82 says:

      Jenny Vrentas ?@JennyVrentas
      Was told earlier Brown done for season, but Tom Coughlin said he’s placed on IR designated to return. #nyg

      •  Valid says:

        So this technically means he can be ready for the playoffs, correct? The Ravens did this with Ray Lewis and he could return by Week 15 (and it looks like he will which suddenly makes Baltimore the potential AFC favorite).

        •  kinsho says:

          I could be completely wrong on this, but if he’s placed on IR designated to return, doesn’t that mean a mandatory 8 weeks off? So Brown won’t be back until either the NFC championship or Super Bowl.

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