The New York Giants made it through training camp relatively healthy. Unfortunately, those good vibes were short-lived as wide receiver Kris Adams suffered a brutal leg fracture in their first preseason game. From there's, it's been all downhill for Big Blue, suffering serious injuries to David Baas (MCL), David Diehl (thumb) and, most recently, Stevie Brown (knee). Couple that with injuries to Henry Hynoski and, to a lesser extent, Victor Cruz, Damontre Moore and Corey Webster, and you see a pattern beginning to develop.
It's not difficult to see that training camp and preseason games have become increasingly dangerous for NFL players, and despite the league's many efforts to make the game safer, things only appear to becoming more dangerous with fewer practices and extra rules. And on Saturday night when Stevie Brown went down, it turned stomachs across Big Blue Nation — including that of safety Antrel Rolle, who's out because of an ankle injury of his own.
"It's 7am and I don't have to be up until 10. Can't sleep as I patiently await to see if my teammate is okay," Rolle wrote on his Instagram account. "This is the hardest thing to deal with when you talk about preseason. I feel it's good for the players to go out there and get back acclimated to the game after the long offseason, but definitely not at the expense of players risking injuries for a game that has no meaning towards the season what so ever."
"This is a very hard pill to swallow. All I can do at this point is get on my knees and pray that Stevie Brown will be okay. It's not about football at this point it's about a Friend and his life going forward!"
Despite the hopes and prayers, the fear is that Brown has suffered a season-ending ACL tear. And although nothing is official just yet, head coach Tom Coughlin is expected to have a conference call with the New York media at 4:00 PM EST Sunday afternoon. It's likely the final verdict will be announced then.
Update: The Giants have officially announced that Stevie Brown did suffer an ACL tear and is out for the year.
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