The Giants may have dismantled the Packers Sunday night in front of a national audience, but not all went well for them. Backup running back and budding star Andre Brown was likely lost for the season with a broken fibula.
The former fourth-round pick by the Giants out of North Carolina State, Brown shot up the depth chart this season, as Ahmad Bradshaw battled injuries and ineffectiveness.
“I feel bad for Andre. He’s my little brother, so it was heartbreaking just to see him go down,” Bradshaw said. “It’s a hard time for him, but hopefully he can come back and maybe catch us in the playoffs.”
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Brown wasn’t available for comment yesterday, but his backfield mates certainly felt his pain and had no problem espousing for the talent that they just lost.
Rookie first-round pick David Wilson, who’ll likely benefit the most on the depth chart, sounded like a guy who didn’t want to earn the promotion the way he did.
“That’s my teammate. Not only my teammate, but a guy at my position, a running back,” Wilson said of Brown. “You spend a lot of time with those guys in meetings. To see him work so hard to get this opportunity, and to have a successful season, and [then] for something to happen like this, I can only imagine how I would feel.”
Life in the NFL, however, waits for no one and Wilson said it’s time to pick up the slack and keep the running game’s success moving.
“[Andre] played a big part in this offense, so I definitely got to step up. I have to try to fill that gap,” said Wilson, who’s mainly made his contributions via kickoff return. “I’ve been preparing all the season and shadowing the guys in front of me, so I feel like I’m prepared.”
Wilson has no choice but to be prepared, because as of right now, he and Bradshaw are the only two running backs on the active 53-man roster.
Big Blue notes
»Wilson hasn’t made the immediate impact the Giants were hoping for when they made him the surprise pick with the final selection in the first round of last April’s draft. He’s had just 24 carries for 102 yards, with 40 of those yards coming on his only touchdown earlier this season against the Browns. He only had 13 yards on six carries in Sunday night’s win, so he’ll need to ramp up his productivity.
»The Giants worked out free agent running backs last week during their bye, most notably former Redskins’ back Ryan Torain and former Colts’ back Joseph Addai. Neither was signed, but one may get the call soon to add depth to a thin unit.
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