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Stevie Brown Tears ACL During Preseason Game Against New York Jets, Out for Season

August 25th, 2013 at 3:54 PM
By Kenneth DeJohn

The New York Giants' biggest fears following their preseason loss to the New York Jets have been confirmed. Adam Schefter reports that safety Stevie Brown has torn his ACL and will miss the entirety of the 2013-14 season. The Giants will now have to begin their search for his replacement.

Brown was a breakout defensive star for the Giants last season. He tallied eight interceptions, tying him with Seattle Seahawks corner Richard Sherman for second in the NFL behind Tim Jennings of the Chicago Bears (9). He also recorded a career-high 56 tackles and two forced fumbles.

After working his way into the starting lineup last season (he started 11 out of the 16 games), Brown was a lock to start at free safety this season. Now, the Giants will look to explore other options.

In-house options like Ryan Mundy and Tyler Sash could see significant time. Sash is a strong safety however, so the transition may not be as smooth for him. Mundy has five career starts in 64 career games, so his experience as a starter is clearly limited. He's a heavy-hitter and made a name for himself as such with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

There is one outside option for the Giants, and he represents a very familiar face. Geoff Mosher of reports that safety Kenny Phillips, a Giant from 2008-2012, is not guaranteed a spot on the Philadelphia Eagles. He could be released by the team prior to their next preseason game against the Jets.

Phillips started 41 games for the Giants and recorded eight interceptions. The No. 1 pick of the Giants (31st overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft, the University of Miami product would likely make a seamless transition into Perry Fewell's defense. Having played under Fewell in the past, Phillips could be exactly what the Giants need in this situation.

Brown's injury is certainly a devastating blow for the Giants, but there are other options for them to explore in an effort to replace his production.

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93 Responses to “Stevie Brown Tears ACL During Preseason Game Against New York Jets, Out for Season”

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  1.  demo3356 says:

    Bummer, really liked the kid. While he had a great nose for the ball. he wasn’t very good in coverage. I dont think Sash is the answer at all. Will Hill now has the position to lose. e needs to get his sh*t off the field straight

    •  rlhjr says:


      if you check out the manner in which Phillips hurt his knee, you’ll see a guy who can make the cuts required to play in the defensive backfield.

      Will Hill is the answer, but he’s young and dumb. If he matures, he could be a special player. Big fat honking if.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    As of now Will Hill knows if he can keep his nose clean this is his chance to change his entire life. Tyler Sash would be a disaster as anything but a strong safety and I don’t even trust him as that. It’s clear now that an trek Rolle’s health is absolutely critical to this team’s chances. The last time that was true of a safety was when in 2009 I insisted that an injury to KP would spell doom. This is a terrible situation. I think they ought to move TT or Ross to a hybrid role AMD sign someone with experience in Cover 2 off the waiver wire. If KP’s injury will get better within a matter of weeks bring him in and give it a try. But in any case, bring in someone(s). The depth players we have back there are putrid.

  3.  GOAT56 says:

    This is a tough one. But any season you are going to play without are starter. And while Brown had promise he wasn’t an elite starter for us at least as of yet. It does leave of very thin at safety for at least the first 4 weeks.

    I think this is a great opportunity for Thomas. Even besides his returning from injury out of our CBs TT skill set just has the best fit for safety. Especially free safety. Without Brown we seem to have only one true free safety. So TT could be a fit.

    KP if cut is an interesting option. I don’t hold him being cut that much against him be because a new coaches staff with a player they don’t have history with isn’t goin to have patience with a guy with so many nicks during preseason. Also KP is comfortable in this system.

  4.  Nosh.0 says:

    Man bummer about Brown.

    - Glad to see TT play and come out healthy last night.

    - Just so no one thinks we’re the only team with bad luck injuries, did you see what happened to the Cards OL Fisher last night? Kid was gonna be a pro bowler IMO. And I still think their 2nd round pick from a few years ago Ryan Williams was gonna be a beast until he blew out his knee his rookie training camp.

    - So the story that seems to be gaining traction on here, and it’s really been going on since Week 1 of 2012, is that Eli and the passing game have just been out of sync. No one wanted to talk about it last year (me and troy mentioned it), and we had some brief flashes ( most notably TB Week 2). But for whatever reason we did not pass the ball like an elite offense in 2012. I don’t know if it’s Eli, the WR’s, OL, or Gilbride just getting stale, but whatever the reason is it will be impossible to make the playoffs unless the passing game is elite.

    - The defense is what it is. Not very good. The DL should be good. But the back 7 is not a strong unit. They will give up points and some big plays. If we can’t throw it like we did in 2010/2011 than we’re not making the playoffs.

    - Why not Boothe at center, Pugh at LG, and Brewer at RT? Is Brewer that freaking bad?

    - I actually thought I saw Jurnigan make the first play of his entire career last night.

    - So is Gilbrides option route tree just so complex that we’re not going to hear from Louis Murphy until 2014?

    •  Nosh.0 says:

      Sorry Cards OL Jonathan Cooper. Don’t know where I got Fisher from.

    •  kujo says:

      Re: Brewer

      I specifically watched him uproot and pancake 3 different defenders last night when he was lined up at RT. I took note of it because my initial reaction was “Is this a hint of meanstreak from the guy who brought a lifesized teddy bear to his first training camp?”

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I think if we can survive the first 4 weeks (the first 2 will be a real challenge) that our DBs will be fine. The issue is that we are thin. Now Rolle is the most important defender and probably #2 overall. Rolle has to stay healthy and fortunately he’s a player we have been able to count on. I think the DL is better than good. So far it’s we have played without best player. This DL has the ability to be as good as any we have had in this run.

      I agree that the passing game has to very good. But unlike 2 years ago I think we will have a good running game. Maybe no the consistent running game but one that will have chunk yardage and compliment the passing game. I think the TEs will grow through the season. Myers is a specialist and has to be used differently than our previous TEs. Robinson I feel be a big factor and Donnell could contribute if he makes the roster.

  5.  kujo says:

    So, Brown is gone, leaving us with the following:

    1) Antrel Rolle- Excellent player. Ringleader of this defense, if not the whole team.

    2) Ryan Mundy- Career JAG. Some people see him as a Deon Grant-type in our scheme. To me, he’s just another CC Brown.

    3) Tyler Sash- Really good special teams guy with a superb beard and the speed of a chess player.

    4) Will Hill- All-World talent and potential who will sit out the first 4 weeks of the season due to his need to blaze up a doobie.

    5) Cooper Taylor- Whodafug?

    We need help, or we’re gonna get TORCHED over the top. Torched. Defenses are already going to be able to reenact Hitler’s invasion of Poland on the middle of our defense due to our Special Olympics-style linebackers (no offense intended to the Special Olympics, of course). Now, it’s looking like if we don’t kill opposing QBs, they’ll be able to pretty much do what they want with us.

    Not good.

  6.  kujo says:

    Oh, and you can guarantee that this news means one thing vis a vis Kenny Phillips–the Eagles will NOT release him, and will instead sit on him until they absolutely have to let him go, or they’ll do something crazy like PUP/IR him.

    Bottom line: they’re not going to do anything to help us (assuming KP would help us, which I think he would, if he was healthy, which he apparently isn’t).

  7.  KingAndrewXXIII says:

    Sucks about Stevie. Safety is ALWAYS an issue with this team. I remember in 2010 REALLY wanting Kam Chancellor – only to see Seattle take him in the 5th round…when we had taken Chad Jones in the 3rd and Phillip Dillard in the 4th. Charles Woodson would also look really good right about now. So, what are our options? Sash isn’t a starter, nor is Mundy. I would try and utilize T2 there if they can coach him up until Will Hill is able to come back from his suspension. With Rolle getting up there in age, do we go ahead and add safety to what seems like a consistently growing list of needs next off season? We are definitely going to need at least one playmaking LB, one starting caliber CB and guys who can compete on the interior of the OL…

  8.  demo3356 says:

    Just rewatched the game and it wasn’t any prettier the 2nd time around.
    Curtis Painter is terrible, not a quality NFL Backup QB in any way
    Wilson is going to be a star. ame changing speed. Needs OL to step up
    Scott is now the 5th best back on this team and that fumble sealed his fate
    Cox is a roster lock as 3rd RB and returner
    Torain has an outside shot to make the team due to Brown health history
    Jernigen and Barden while nothing special still have good shot at making team
    WR’s behind them are mostly stiffs that will take a while to learn system
    Collins, Hardy and Tally all have a shot to make PS, 2 of 3 should for sure
    Hoping they are waiting tlll season to unleash Myers, he’s been invisible
    Both Robinson and Donnel bring much more to the table than Pascoe he’s trash
    OL is terrible, Cordle in NOT a starting NFL Center
    Puhg and Beatty look very good
    Kiwi and Tuck look ready to have big years health permitting
    DL in particular DT is the deepest we’ve ever had. Tons of talent
    At Least 2 guys we cut off the DL will play for other NFL teams this year
    Mike Patterson might be the best DT on this team. He is def playing the best
    Austin finally had a monster game but most was vs scrubs.
    Shaun Rogers looks very good. Guy is an animal
    LB unit is a raging grease fire. Just terrible. We may play entire season in nickel
    Bosworth while a good ST player is a scrub LB but is actually top 4 on this unit
    Rivers and Paysinger look good, Curry is Toast
    CB is not nearly as much a problem on this team as folks have said
    Prince, TT, James and Mcbride look very good, even Ross didnt look bad
    Browns loss means Safety becomes a real issue till Hill returns
    Sash is great ST player but not a very good S. Good vs run turrible vs pass
    Special teams as a whole look great, very impressive
    Brown is upgrade over Tynes, Weatherford is a beast and coverage is terrific
    Run Blocking needs to improve badly. Bass is much better than Cordle there
    No Rythem in Passing game right now but that will improve with Reps
    Bottom line is we dont look very good right now but have yet to
    dress JPP for a practice
    Have Cruz and Nicks play a game together
    Have entire starting OL play together
    Have Rolle play a game
    I think this team will start slow but get better each week as they get healthier and as the young guys get up to speed and contribute. I still see a ten win team, I dont see a team that wil start 6-2 though.

  9.  KingAndrewXXIII says:

    I would DEFINITELY bring Phillips back, even if he isn’t ready to go until the end of the season. Knows the system and can be effective when healthy.

    •  demo3356 says:

      Hard to stash a guy on 53 man roster if he cant contribute early. I’m all for giving him a look though. He was one of my top 3 Favorite giants the last 5 years

    •  kujo says:

      Is he mad at us, like Steve Smith and Plaxico? If not, I’m hoping his butt buddy Rolle already snapchatted him a shot of the following message written on his dong:

      “We Miss You Like the Desserts Miss The Rains”

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