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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