The New York Giants suffered a huge blow in Thursday night’s preason finale. Running back Andre Brown suffered a fractured left leg in the Giants 28-20 loss to the Patriots.
Brown fractured the same leg as he did last Nov. 25 against Green Bay, when he broke his left fibula.
“It’s a little bump in the road,” Brown said in front of a group of reporters, via the team’s website. “It’s not that bad of a break. It’s just a tiny little crack in there. We still have to do some more tests, but last time I broke it we knew immediately what the problem was.”
Brown said that he will not need surgery.
“That’s about the best part of it,” Brown said. “I can jog on it, I got on my tippy toes with it. I didn’t feel any pop or anything like that. That’s definitely a positive.”
“I would love to stay active,” Brown added. “I feel I can come back from this within a couple of weeks. That’s how small it is. I’m definitely looking at it as a positive. You guys that have been around here have seen me go through stuff like this and be a little down. But this time I’m not. I’m very positive and I’m looking forward to it.”
Brown was injured on a three-yard run on the first play after the two-minute warning in the second quarter. He was hit by defensive tackle Marcus Froston as he ran up the middle. Brown left the field under his own power.
Many of the Giants’ starters were out of the game at that point, but head coach Tom Coughlin said he planned all week to have Brown in there.
“We had scheduled it because I wanted him to have a number of snaps,” Coughlin said. “I wanted him to quite frankly play better than he did the week before. There are two guys at that spot – David (Wilson) got basically the first quarter and Andre got a few downs there and he was playing to get his number of snaps.”
Brown was expected to team up with Wilson to give the Giants a 1-2 punch at running back. Without him on the field, the Giants could turn to Ryan Torain, Da’Rel Scott or rookie Michael Cox.
“We’re definitely a great running back group to help pick up the slack,” said Torain, who rushed for 14 yards on six carries vs. the Pats. “I most definitely know we can get the job done. We have to keep Dre in our prayers. Just be a team player and be ready when coach calls your number. We have to keep going forward.”