Giantsí Andre Brown fractures leg in preseason finale
It remains unclear how much time Brown will miss this time around, though he downplayed the injury while wearing a walking boot after the 28-20 loss to the Patriots.
"Spirits are high, I'm positive," Brown said. "And I'm looking forward to coming back this season…It is not that bad of a break. Just a little tiny, a little crack in it. We still got to do more tests on it.”
Brown suffered the most recent injury when a helmet hit his leg, causing the break. However, Brown insisted the injury is not serious as it was last year and he does not expect to undergo surgery.
“Last time when I broke it we knew immediately what the problem was,” Brown said. “"(This time) I didn't feel any pop or anything like that. That is definitely a positive.”
"I have been here before and I know,” Brown added. “They would let me know if it was [more] serious than it was, but it is not."
The Giants will still have to decide what to do of Brown with the final roster cuts due on Saturday. The Giants could use the injured reserve/designated to return spot for Brown, allowing him to return after eight weeks. But Brown expects to make a quicker recovery, and thus wants to remain on the Giants’ active roster.
"Nah, I would love to stay active," Browns said. "That is how I feel. I feel I can come back from this within a couple of weeks, and that's how small it is. We are definitely looking at it positively."
Anyhow, Brown’s injury – which could cause him to miss significant time this season – is a major blow to the Giants’ offense, as he was expected to play a key role in tandem with starter David Wilson. Brown is seen as the team’s bruising third-down and goal-line running back. He led the Giants with eight touchdowns on the ground last season.
In Browns’ absence, receivers Da'Rel Scott and Ryan Torain could step into a bigger role to compete for the backup spot behind Wilson. Joining the Giants as a seventh-round pick in 2011, Scott spent last on the injured reserve with a knee injury. Ryan Torain played in two games for the New York Giants after splitting time during his first three seasons in the NFL between the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos. The Browns also have seventh-round pick Michael Cox on the depth chart behind Brown and Wilson.
The Giants also lost tight end Adrien Robinson to a foot injury, while safety Tyler Sash suffered a concussion against the New England Patriots.