East Rutherford, NJ, United States (4E Sports) – New York Giants running back Andre Brown is expected to miss four to six weeks due to a fractured left leg.
A source said Brown’s timetable was revealed after he underwent further testing. He fractured the leg during the second quarter of the Giants’ preseason game Thursday night at New England.
It was the same leg that Brown broke last year, when he missed the final six games of the season. However, Brown said after Thursday’s game that the injury wasn’t serious and he thought he could return in a few weeks.
Brown scored eight touchdowns in 10 games last season, and this year the Giants planned to use him in tandem with 2012 first-round pick David Wilson at running back.
The injury now puts the Giants in a quandary as they have until Saturday to reduce their roster to 53 players.
The Giants could put Brown on injured reserve with a designation to return, which means he wouldn’t be allowed to practice for six weeks or play in a game for eight weeks.
However, it was a tricky rule, since teams may use it on only one player per year and can’t make the designation until next week. If the Giants are to use that designation on Brown, he must first make the 53-man roster.
The Giants’ other options are to keep Brown on the 53-man roster until he is healed, to release him or to put him on season-ending injured reserve.