Giants S Stevie Brown lands on IR following ACL injury
Giants safety Antrel Rolle had been sidelined since the last two weeks while dealing with a sore ankle. Stevie Brown also joined the ranks of the Giants’ injured players after he went down while trying to make a cut on an interception return during the first half of the team’s third preseason game this Saturday. At some point during the play, Brown’s leg got caught in the MetLife Stadium turf and he sent down in a heap, clutching his left knee. Brown needed help to walk off the field and did not return in the game.
Since it was one of those non-contact injuries, many believed Brown could have suffered a significant injury which might lead to his extended absence this season. Though the Giants initially described Brown’s injury as a sprain, the team later updated his status after MRI results came back confirming he tore his left ACL.
"I feel badly for him. He's worked hard," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said during a conference call Sunday. "He's prepared himself well and been in a position where he's made a lot of plays for us. We will definitely miss him. We continue, that's what we do."
It is a heart-breaking injury for Brown, who had a breakout season in 2012, leading the Giants with eight interceptions last season and also had 307 return yards off the picks. Brown bounced around between the Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts during his first two seasons in the league until he caught a lucky break with the Giants last season. Brown started 11 games right off the bat for the Giants in 2012.
The Giants rewarded Brown with a new one-year contract this offseason, as the team’s returning safety. He was expected to play a bigger role in the Giants’ secondary in 2013 after the team parted ways with veteran safety Kenny Phillips this offseason.
Now with Brown on the IR, the Giants are looking for ways to replace his big hits and the knack of somehow always being in the right spot. Among the top of the list of Giants’ early watchers include Ryan Mundy, who was signed away from the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason. Mundy also replaced Rolle during in the starting lineup this past week. However, Rolle is expected to be back in time for the start of the regular season. Coughlin said besides Mundy, there are also other candidates in the mix to the fill the open spot in the Giants’ secondary.
"We’ll see about that," Coughlin said Sunday. "(Mundy) has played well. We just have to get the people out there and get the right combination here. Ryan has played well and he certainly has proven that he can be physical and be dominant in the box."
Fifth-round pick Cooper Taylor and Tyler Sash are among those though to be vying for the slot.