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Andre Brown Returns to Practice for First Time Since Preseason Leg Injury for New York Giants

October 17th, 2013 at 3:43 PM
By Doug Rush

In the final game of the preseason for the New York Giants, Andre Brown left the game against the New England Patriots and some people thought he had re-broken the leg that had been broken last November and put him on injured reserve.

Brown was able to avoid being put on season-ending injured reserve for a second straight year and instead, was put on temporary injures reserve with the leg injury with the potential of coming back, which he is eligible to do after Week 8.

On Thursday, Brown took a giant step towards coming back for the Giants as he returned to the team and practiced for the first time since late August, as Art Stapleton of the Bergen Record reported.

Since the Giants have a bye week in Week 9, which would have been the first game Brown would have been eligible for, the first time he might see any action would be their Week 10 contest on November 10 against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium.

With the injuries to the team's running back depth, getting a healthy Brown back would be a tremendous boost as the only healthy backs the team have are rookie Michael Cox, the newly-signed Peyton Hillis, who signed on Wednesday and practiced with the Giants on Thursday. Brandon Jacobs was dealing with a nagging hamstring injury, but he also returned to practice for the Giants on Thursday and is expected to play for the team on Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings.

David Wilson is out for the next 3-4 weeks with what has been diagnosed as spinal stenosis and a herniated disc in his neck and Da'Rel Scott was recently waived and placed on season-ending injures reserve with a hamstring injury.

In 2012, Brown finally had his breakout season with the Giants, as he rushed for 385 yards on 73 carries and eight touchdowns before going down with the initial leg injury last November against the Green Bay Packers.

Also returning to practice on Thursday was defensive tackle Markus Kuhn, who has been on the physically unable to play (PUP) list and the Giants have three weeks to decide if he will be activated onto the roster or be placed on season-ending injured reserve.

photo credit: Mike Gannon

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23 Responses to “Andre Brown Returns to Practice for First Time Since Preseason Leg Injury for New York Giants”

  1.  GOAT56 says:

    I still wonder if Brown could be playing now if he wasn’t on IR. But we can’t get that one back.

    The big news to me is Webster and Hosley practiced. McBride shouldn’t be out there starting or playing nickel. And TT needs a more limited role or structured role at this point. We will obviously gang up against AP so our CB play this week aginst some pretty dangerous WRs is extremely important. With Prince and Webster our chances of winning increase a lot. Freeman at least knows enough to chuck it down the field a few times.

    We are a very unusual team this year. I really don’t recall a team with a healthy QB as good as Eli starting 0-6. We have been injured but in the next few weeks many of those players will be returning. But that doesn’t mean anything if we don’t win this game. It’s a shame we blew that Bears’ game.

    If we do win this game then we play Philly a second time for us to determine if we have any shot at getting into the mix this season. With a bye, Brown returning followed by Wilson soon we get some people back for the second half. We host a winnable game against Oakland and then could get an extremely banged up GB. What’s in front of us isn’t impossible if we can just get a win.

    Now Minn is dangerous because of AP. The easiest way to beat Minn is to jump out in front and make Minn rely on their brand new QB communicating correctly a number of times with his WRs. If we don’t get out early AP could be tough to handle in the 4th quarter.

    •  JimStoll says:

      it would be just like the Giants to win the next 3, get a few of the absent fans back doing the math, then rip off 7 straight losses

      anyone who thinks this team is beating GB, Seattle, Detroit, or NO is smokin’

      •  jerseyrich says:

        yup….10 losses are already signed, sealed and delivered. I would be disgusted if we won any more than 3 somehow. For me it would make a horrible season even worse.

        •  JimStoll says:

          4 is possible if you assume we can split with the skins
          outside shot at 5 if you give us a coeboy victory just because Tony can do something bad at any time

          that said I still think 2 wins or less is likely

          I don’t think we’ll beat Philly

          that leaves 2 of 3 from Minnie, Oakland and Wash

          can still see 0-16

          sadly I can still see the return of Coughlin no matter what

          and no matter what people say about how quickly teams can bounce back year to year, the quality of this roster couple with this stubborn coaching staff has indefinite residence in the basement written all over it

          •  skinnydoogan says:

            Benn echoing this all along….. Coughlin and his clowns are going nowhere, neither is the playbook.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        We don’t play NO. GB is playing without it’s starting WRs and starting OLBs in a 3-4. They lost their LT early. They are banged up.

  2.  James Stoll says:

    Meant SD
    As 4 GB Rodgers will eat this defense alive
    And since Eli is actively pursuing the single seaon record that means at least 3 pics

  3.  Krow says:

    Cheer up. It’s football season. Can’t win a Superbowl every year. Enjoy the games.

  4.  Aziz Mohamed says:

    Why is everybody acting like we can’t have a quick turnaround in 2014? The 2012 Colts and the 2013 Chiefs would like to have a word with you. And please don’t talk about both of those teams rebounding because of early draft picks. The Chiefs probably have the most busts in the first 3 rounds in the NFL in the past 6-7 years. The only guy who looks like he’s been worthy of a high pick for them is Eric Berry and Tamba Hali (who’s been here there for 7 years, and hasn’t really made much of a difference in their W-L total until recently).

    I think bringing up the Colts history is self explanatory, before Peyton went down they would pick in the 26-32nd’s. One bad year and they turned it around, and please don’t tell me Andrew Luck made that much of a difference in his rookie year, he had a sub 80 QB rating. Even then, if Eli is given a real o-line again, and a running game, he’ll be an even bigger upgrade than Luck was for the Colts last year.

    Point is, all it takes is a new o-line, new coordinators, and Eli to come back to earth (28 TDs and 15 INTs) for us to be in the 9-11 win range again.

  5.  kujo says:

    I mean, aside from Luck, Russell Wilson might be the best young QB in the game right now. Hard not to feel covetous.

    •  rlhjr says:

      Wilson’s only handicap is lack of height. His understanding of the game and his ability to put the ball on his receivers is second to none.

  6.  Sintexo says:

    Fantasy question for you guys:

    cause nobody in my league ever wants to trade, im stuck with 5 starting caliber WRs, and having to choose between them every week. Which 3 would you go with of:

    Cruz, Vjax, Garcon, Blackmon, Gordon

    •  Aziz Mohamed says:

      Just do matchups. But the best of those 3 are easily Cruz, V-Jax and Blackmon.

    •  BillyS says:

      Cruz and VJax are probably the must start of the 5 in my opinion. The rest of the 3 would be good to use for match-ups. I think Josh Gordon would probably be the safest of the remaining 3. Blackmon will probably be double-teamed like crazy if Cecil Shorts doesn’t play because of his ribs, plus Gabbert is…bad.

  7.  stuh says:

    Aziz,,, You brought up The Colts and Chief’s as teams that made big turn arounds and I know you guys don’t read my posts unless I was arguing with my mann Kujo. However i pointed out 3 times that both those teams had new head coaches and new QB’s. Take that any way you want but it is a fact. The Giants are not getting a new QB and probably not a new coach. So how does 2014 look with the same old coaching staff and QB.

    •  JBeast says:

      Because we will have the same QB and HC doesn’t meant we won’t have new coordinators, new and better OL and DL. I honestly think if they fix the OL so that Manning trusts the OL to not get him killed; and if the DL gets hurries on the opposing QB we will be as good as any team.

  8.  stuh says:

    As for Brown coming back, now we have 3 backs with not much speed any of you remember the baby bulls.

  9.  skinnydoogan says:

    Doesn’t matter who our back is, no line, no running game.

  10.  skinnydoogan says:

    And old “glass leg” will be done in no time at all.

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