The Giants worse fears came to light today when head coach Tom Coughlin confirmed reports that safety Stevie Brown, their ball hawking defensive back, has suffered a torn ACL.
Brown was injured in the first quarter of Saturday’s overtime loss to the Jets on a non-contact play with 36 seconds left in the quarter. Brown had picked off rookie quarterback Geno Smith pass intended for tight end Kellen Winslow, and returned it 22 yards before crumbling to the turf when he planted and went to turn on his return.
The Giants initially announced Brown’s injury as a sprained knee, but it became clear as he was helped off the field unable to put any weight on his leg that the injury might have been something more serious.
The loss of Brown further depletes a defensive secondary that has already been hit hard by injury. The team is waiting on cornerback Corey Webster’s groin and knee injuries to progress. They are also hoping for safety Antrel Rolle and cornerback Jayron Hosley to come back from sprained ankles, and Cooper Taylor to get on the field from a hamstring issues.
In the non-injury front, the Giants will be without safety Will Hill to start the season for four games due to a league-imposed suspension.
With Brown gone for the year, Ryan Mundy, who has played in place of Rolle, is expected to stay in the lineup.
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The Giants will be announcing their roster cuts to get down to the NFL mandated 75 by Tuesday’s 4PM deadline. One player already confirmed to be in that group is linebacker Aaron Curry, who first tweeted the news of his release.