One of Giants head coach Tom Coughlin’s goals was to come out of the preseason finale with no major injuries.
Unfortunately for the Giants, that won’t be the case as running back André Brown suffered a fractured left leg in the second quarter of the Giants’ game at New England.
Brown, who broke that same leg last year, was injured after he took a handoff behind the second string offensive line. It initially looked like his leg twisted under him, but he was able to walk off the field under his own power, albeit with a noticeable limp.
X-rays done on his leg revealed the fracture, the severity of which was not known. However, Brown is almost certainly looking at missing a significant amount of time, and could be headed for temporary injured reserve for the second year in a row if the injury is nothing more than a hairline fracture to his fibula (the non-weight bearing bone.
Teams cannot use the temporary injured reserve tag until Sept. 3. The one-time temporary IR tag would mean a player would have to sit out for at least six weeks before he could return to the active roster.