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Giants Place RB Andre Brown On Short-Term IR

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Andre Brown won't get the chance to return to game action until after the Giants' Week 9 bye. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images.
Andre Brown won't get the chance to return to game action until after the Giants' Week 9 bye. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images.

The New York Giants announced today that they would be placing RB Andre Brown on short-term injured reserve. Brown, who fractured his left leg (the same leg he fractured last season) in the Giants last preseason game, had originally been expected to return in four to six weeks. This move will keep him off the field until at least Week 10 as he won’t be eligible to play until after Week 8, and the team has their bye on Week 9.

In response to their sudden lack of depth at tailback, the Giants tried out a trio of potential backups today. They hosted the recently released Jonathan Dwyer, Leon Washington, as well as Beanie Wells, who is still dealing with knee issues. It appears that all three left without a contract today, but the Giants will more than likely sign a veteran back sometime soon.

Of the three, the one that makes the most sense seems to be Dwyer, even with the recent reports that he was released for not taking his job seriously enough. Washington would be a good addition as a return man to help protect David Wilson, but the chances of him being signed as Wilson’s direct backup are slim. Wells has been dealing with knee problems that won’t seem to go away, and he’s likely too much of an injury risk for the Giants to take a chance on.

Other names that have come up as potential signings include Kevin Smith, Tim Hightower and Ryan Grant. We probably won’t know what direction the team intends to go in until after Week 1 games are played. Waiting will allow them to sign a veteran without needing to include guaranteed money.