John Fennelly, Lead Writer
“We had the bad injury last night to Stevie,” Tom Coughlin said on a conference call yesterday. “A nice interception, something he has done extremely well, running the ball back after the interception and I don’t believe it was a contact issue. It was just something that happened. I feel badly for him. He’s worked hard. 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.”
So, what is the immediate plan to fill Brown’s spot? Outside of getting Antrel Rolle (ankle) back on the field and sliding Ryan Mundy over, the Giants have few options but to trawl their roster for solutions.
Will Hill would be the ‘next man up,’ but he’s slated to serve a four game suspension at the beginning of the season.
“He’s been playing and playing well,” said Coughlin of Hill. “He’s an outstanding special teams player and he’s very physical. He’s played pretty well all the way along. The fact of the matter is, we’re not going to have him for four games. While we acknowledge what he brings to the table, we certainly can’t be lured into thinking that we’re ok in any shape or form because he’s not going to be here. That’s a shame.”
Tyler Sash is also still on the roster, but he is more a special teamer. David Caldwell was not expected to make the final roster, but that may change now.
“Antrel is supposed to practice this week,” said Coughlin. “We’ll get him back on the field and get him working again. Ryan will be back there and again we’ve got some other people that we definitely want to see. Try to get to the point where Cooper Taylor can play and we can take a good look at him.”
Taylor is the Giants’ fifth-round draft pick, but a hamstring strain has kept him from playing in any of the team’s first three preseason games.
Right now, it looks like Mundy will get first crack at the job, but Coughlin isn’t ruling anything out.
“We’ll see about that,” the coach said when asked if Mundy would step into Brown’s role. “He 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. From that standpoint, yes.”
Coughlin downplayed the idea of making Terrell Thomas a safety, stating he’s still getting acclimated to playing football again:
“Quite frankly, we haven’t thought a lot about another spot for him other than getting him out there. Getting him confident, getting him playing again.”
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