When Andre Brown limped off the field last night with a little more than 11 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, you knew something was up. He had just ripped off a 16-yard gain across midfield into Packers’ territory as the Giants were attempting to throw dirt on Green Bay’s casket.
He was sent to the locker room for x-rays. It was feared that Brown may have broken his leg. Those fears were realized just minutes later in the locker room.
“He broke his fibula,” Tom Coughlin announced after the game. “It takes a lot off of the win, to be honest with you.”
It should. Brown has emerged as the change-up back to Bradshaw this season after four years of injuries and disappointments. He had been waived seven times by four teams before the Giants decided he was a keeper this summer by adding him to the final 53.
Brown has been a tough inside runner as well as pile-pusher who hits the hole hard and fast. He is averaging 5.3 yards per carry but his specialty has become punching it in on the goal line. Last night, he scored a TD for the fifth consecutive game and has eight on the year. He will be missed.
“I feel bad for Andre. He’s my little brother, man,” Bradshaw said last night. “It’s heartbreaking for me just to see him so down. When I was a rookie, I told David (Wilson) that D(errick) Ward broke his fibula and I had to step in and be a big part of our offense and that’s what I expect from David and I told him just to get right and get ready for the following weeks to come.”
The player who will be asked to take his reps will be top draft pick David Wilson, who the Giants had planned to get more involved anyway. Bradshaw will be right there to support him.
“I think he can be (ready). Once we get him going and get him learning a little more and different things in different areas, I think he’ll be a great asset to our offense.”
With Brown destined for IR, the team will most likely look to sign a free agent to fill his roster spot, possibly one of the ones they had in for tryouts last week i.e. Joseph Addai or Ryan Torain.