With less than 45 minutes of exhibition football to play in the 2013 preseason, Andre Brown, the Giants No. 2 running back, fractured his leg, and some people immediately assumed he'd miss most of the season.
But not Brown, who argued that the team should keep him on the active roster because he'd need only a few weeks to recover. Unfortunately for Brown, the team has disagreed, placing him on the short-term IR list, according to PFT.
That means that Brown will be eligible to return to the team after the team plays its eighth game.
Brown himself confirmed the news (though, because of the Giants bye in Week 9, he actually won't be back until Week 10).
See y'all week 8— Andre Brown (@drebrown35) September 3, 2013
But wait a minute ….
I'm told the Giants are not putting Andre Brown on short-term IR today (with an emphasis on the last word).— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) September 3, 2013
Newsday went on to write that it seems that the team WILL put Brown on the IR list. It just means that it won't happen today. The reason for this is because the team doesn't have to make the move until before the Week 2 games, and as Tom Rock writes, there's “no reason for [the] Giants to pull the trigger until they need to. Someone else could get hurt in practice in the meantime.”
Either way, Brown didn't get his way, even though a source told the NY Daily News that Brown's recovery time will be 4-6 weeks. The team, however, decided that it needed Brown's roster spot more than potentially having him earlier than the mid-point of the season.
It's unfortunate," wideout Victor Cruz said of Brown's injury. "A guy like Andre, who's battled through so many injuries, for him to get hurt again, you really just feel bad for him …
"His spirits are high. He's never broken. He just understands he has to get back.”
Unfortunately for his team, that won't be until after the midpoint of the season.
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