When he failed to receive even a single snap in their preseason opener, it was obvious that Andre Brown's career with the Houston Texans was poised to be a short one. That became a reality on Monday evening as the Texans officially announced that they would be releasing the veteran running back.
Formerly a fourth-round pick of the Giants, Brown's early career was plagued with injuries and resulted in him being a journeyman. He spent time with the Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins and Indianapolis Colts before landing back with the Giants in 2011.
Brown would go on to play in 18 games for the Giants in 2012 and 2013, carrying the ball 213 times for 877 yards and 11 touchdowns. However, he might be most famously remembered for his "I got a ring" speech/song following Super Bowl XLVI when he was a member of the practice squad.
Unfortunately, Brown's career has been plagued by various injuries, including a ruptured Achilles, a neck injury, a broken fibula and subsequent lingering leg issues.
With David Wilson having previously been forced to retire and Peyton Hillis dealing with an ankle injury, speculation will immediately begin about a possible Giants/Brown reunion. However, as of now the team has not reached out to Brown and the likelihood of that occurring remains slim. While Brown may be familiar with the Giants organization, he is not familiar with Ben McAdoo's new offense and had Jerry Reese, Tom Coughlin & Co. thought he'd be a fit, they would have re-signed him long before he made his way to Houston.
For Andre Brown, this just presents another in a long lone of challenges he must overcome, but it's nothing insurmountable. He's overcome tougher odds and we would expect him to do the same now … just not likely with the Giants.
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