Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Giants Backup Rb Brown Fractures Leg

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Giants Backup Rb Brown Fractures Leg

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FOXBORO, Mass. - Everything good offensively for the Giants in Thursday's 28-20 preseason loss to the Patriots started with perhaps the best thing they could see: a march down the field to a touchdown.

Then one of the worst things that could have happened to their running game did when Andre Brown fractured his leg, essentially overshadowing everything that had gone right.

Brown fractured his left leg for the second consecutive season late in the second quarter. He had converted on a third-and-1 from the New England 26 with a 3-yard run into the middle of the line with 1:37 remaining before halftime.

The Giants got the first down, but their No. 2 running back limped off the field.

The 26-year-old eventually hobbled into the locker room for X- rays, which revealed the devastating news that Brown had fractured the same leg he injured against the Packers in Week 12 last season when he collided with a defender on a kickoff return.

"Little bump in the road," Brown said.

It was a hit to a Giants offense that had started the game well.

New England safety Adrian Wilson came on a blitz from the right side and David Wilson stepped up, put his chest into the defender and stopped him cold. Eli Manning cleanly danced to his left and fired downfield, where Louis Murphy made a nice adjustment for a 37- yard reception along the left sideline.

Nine plays later, with a 3-yard scoring strike from Manning to Hakeem Nicks, they were in the end zone before the first quarter was done. They headed to the sideline until the regular season beckons nine days from now against the Cowboys in Arlington, Texas.

Just like that, the Giants' offense was back. But then Brown went down.

Last season Brown was placed on injured reserve with designation to return - which sidelines the player for eight weeks -- and the Giants believe he would have been healthy enough to play had they reached New Orleans. If the Giants decide to go that route again - players can be placed on short-term IR Tuesday -- the earliest Brown could be back would be Nov. …

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